Wheaton College Moves to Fire Larycia Hawkins for Showing Solidarity with Muslims

Wheaton College announced Tuesday that they are moving to fire Larycia Hawkins, associate professor of political science, for statements she made last month in support of the Muslim community.

Hawkin's comments proved to be controversial at Wheaton which is an evangelical Christian college.

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Hawkins, a tenured professor, was placed on leave after wearing a hijab during the advent season and posting on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. According to the Washington Post, the college is taking action in response to Hawkins' theological stances.

“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins wrote on Facebook.

The college issued a statement of their own regarding concerns about Hawkins' public positions.

“While Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths, including what they teach about God’s revelation to humanity, the nature of God, the path to salvation, and the life of prayer,” the college said.