Wheaton Moves to Fire Hijab-Wearing Professor Who Declared ‘We All Worship Same God’

Hawkins-compressed (1)WHEATON, Ill. — Officials at a prominent Christian-identified university in Illinois have moved to fire an associate political science director who was placed on leave after she declared in a self-initiated campaign to fight “Islamophobia” that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

As previously reported, professing Christian Larycia Hawkins posted to Facebook two photos of herself wearing a hijab last month, and stated in a lengthy explanation that she planned to wear it everywhere she goes during the Advent—including at the Christian college and to church.

“I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same primordial clay, descendants of the same cradle of humankind—a cave in Sterkfontein, South Africa that I had the privilege to descend into to plumb the depths of our common humanity in 2014,” Hawkins wrote.

She said that not only does she have a common ancestry with Muslims, but that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins asserted. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

In light of controversy over the matter, especially Hawkins assertion that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, the professor was placed on paid administrative leave by university officials while a review would be conducted.

“Wheaton College faculty and staff make a commitment to accept and model our institution’s faith foundations with integrity, compassion, and theological clarity,” the college said in a statement. “As they participate in various causes, it is essential that faculty and staff engage in and speak about public issues in ways that faithfully represent the college’s evangelical Statement of Faith.”

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Wheaton officials acknowledged late last month that talks had come to a standstill as Hawkins refused to continue discussions with members of administration about her “same God” beliefs following initial talks.

“The college’s perspective is that additional theological clarification is necessary before Dr. Hawkins may resume her full duties,” it said. “Regrettably, Dr. Hawkins has clearly stated her unwillingness to further participate in clarifying conversations.”

On Tuesday, Wheaton officials issued Hawkins a “Notice of Recommendation to Initiate Termination-for-Cause Proceedings.” It outlined in a statement that the move is not yet a termination, but rather “begins Wheaton College’s established process for employment actions pertaining to tenured faculty members.” A hearing will soon follow.

“Following Dr. Hawkins’ written response on December 17 to questions regarding her theological convictions, the college requested further theological discussion and clarification,” the statement explained. “However, as posted previously, Dr. Hawkins declined to participate in further dialogue about the theological implications of her public statements and her December 17 response.”

On Wednesday, Hawkins held a press conference at the First United Methodist Church of Chicago, where she was joined by civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.

“Wheaton College cannot intimidate me into cowering in fear of the enemy of the month as defined by real estate moguls, senators from Texas, Christians from this country, bigots and fundamentalists of all stripes,” she said. “Wheaton College cannot scare me into walking away from the truth that all humans, Muslims, the vulnerable, the oppressed of any ilk, are all my sisters and brothers. And I am called by Jesus to walk with them in their oppression.”

Hawkins contended that she has not violated the college’s statement of faith, which she agreed to upon her employment.

“Wheaton College does liberal arts well, yet I am left to ponder: How well does Wheaton College treat its employees who dare to challenge students and peers to stand with, not merely for, people outside the Christian faith?” she said.

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  • Ruth Davis

    They should fire her . She was muslim before she got that collage , but thought that because muslim were yelling about their religious freedom, it would be a good time to come out of her closet . Christians need to start standing on the word of JESUS and stop being pushed around like a herd of cattle .

    • gizmo23

      A faith with thousands of churches, tv and radio stations, and over 95% of elected officials is pushed around?

  • 201821208 :)

    See gotquestions dot org “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?”

    • afchief

      Islam and Christianity Compared

      Comparisons between Islam and Christianity can be tricky. A Muslim might view Christianity as a sort of corrupt early manifestation of Islam. A Christian might view Islam simply as a false religion. With such contrasting perspectives, there can be significant disagreement over some very simple facts. Nevertheless, there are a number of areas where Islam and Christianity can be contrasted and compared in a manner that most Muslims and Christians can agree upon. Note that in claiming the roots and prophets and god of Judaism and Christianity as their own, Islam actually accepts none of. Only the word as given to the last prophet, Muhammad, actually counts. The rest is just for show.

      Here are some comparisions:

      God: Although Christians believe that there is only one God, God manifests himself in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Muslims consider this blasphemous. There is one God and only one manifestation. Given the differences in the ‘nature of god’ as propounded by Muslims vs Christians, suffice it to say that that the Muslim and Christian gods cannot be one and the same.

      Jesus: Jesus may be a prophet in Islam, but he was only a man. To Christians, Jesus was wholly God and wholly man and was crucified to atone for the sins of the world. Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified at all, but rather that Judas was made to look like Jesus by God and was crucified instead. So the Jesus that Muslims ‘believe’ in is simply not the Jesus that Christians believe in.

      Atonement: Christians believe that the sacrifice of Christ on the cross turns away the wrath of God from our sin when the sinner accepts, by faith, Christ’s sacrificial work on the cross. There is no atonement in Islam other than a sinner’s confession and repentance.

      Bible: To Christians the inspired and inerrant Word of God. To Muslims the respected word of prophets, but corrupted over the years and only correct when in agreement with the Quran.

      Quran: To Christians simply a work of Muhammad or his followers. Neither inspired nor verifiable in its transcription from the original. To Muslims, the final revelation of God, given to Muhammed via the angel Gabriel without error.

      Original Sin: Christians believe man is sinful by nature, inherited from Adam. Muslims believe man is sinless by nature until they rebel from God.

      Salvation: Christians believe that salvation is a free gift from God, never to be earned by works but by faith alone. Muslims believe that salvation is earned by following the doctrines of Islam.

  • crusader51

    Yunis Al Astal, a popular cleric for Hamas and a scholar on Islamic law, once stated in a speech:

    Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just
    like Constantinople was, as was prophesied by our prophet Muhammad.
    Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital,
    which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers
    of apes and pigs in Palestine, in order to prevent the reawakening of
    Islam – this capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic
    conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then
    will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe.

    Al Astal believes that the conquest of Rome will be not just a
    Islamic advancement, but a strategic point from which the Muslim
    warriors will expand into the rest of Europe and eventually into the

    Another example is Egyptian cleric Salem Abu Al-Futouh, who said in 2011:

    The Prophet Muhammad told us that Islam would spread. He
    told us about the Islamic conquest of Constantinople – Turkey of today –
    and indeed, it was conquered. He also told us about the conquest of
    Rome, which is Italy. People find this strange. “How can we conquer
    Italy?” they say. “We are too weak.” You should consider the number of
    Muslims in that great Christian center – another person converts to
    Islam every day. Check on the Internet how many people want to convert
    to Islam in the very heart of that papal center of Christianity, on
    their own turf.

    Kamil Zarouq, a sheikh in Tunisia, also made the emphatic announcement that the Muslims will conquer Rome:

    The prophet Muhammad said: “Rome shall be conquered.” Rome will be conquered in our days. This is the age of the Muslims.

    This belief in the future conquest of Rome is not some dream or
    superficial idea Muslims say in passing, but a universal goal that all
    Muslims, both layman and scholar, aspire to fulfill. Rome is not just
    another place the Muslims want to take over (they want to rule the whole
    world), but a specific region that was desired by the founder of Islam
    himself, Muhammad. This cannot go ignored. There were three cities
    Muhammad wanted under Islamic rule: Jerusalem, Rome, and Constantinople.
    Why? Because these are the three heads of Christendom.

  • Jeanne12345

    Glad they fired her. Her contention about God and Allah is incorrect, and she couldn’t even meet her employer to defend her position. Some professor!