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December 15, 2015

UPDATED:  Wheaton College Professor Dons Hi-Jab in Solidarity with Muslims

That associate political science professor Larycia Hawkins posted photos of herself wearing a hijab — a Muslim headscarf — may not seem terribly out of the ordinary.

That she announced she’s doing so during Advent might not be that big of a deal, either.

But what may be eye-opening is that Hawkins is a faculty member at Wheaton College, an iconic suburban Chicago school that’s arguably the best-known Christian college in the world.

Hawkins made her announcement on her Facebook page Thursday, saying her outward gesture — she’ll don the hijab everywhere she goes during Advent — is a demonstration of “human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor.”

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

But since “theoretical solidarity is not solidarity at all,” Hawkins shared that she felt compelled to make hers an “embodied solidarity.”

“As part of my Advent Worship, I will wear the hijab to work at Wheaton College, to play in Chi-town, in the airport and on the airplane to my home state that initiated one of the first anti-Sharia laws (read: unconstitutional and Islamophobic), and at church,” Hawkins said, adding that she hopes others will join her cause.

I don’t follow Pope Jar-Jar but I am really hoping this professor AT A CHRISTIAN COLLEGE listened to a poor translation.

UPDATE:  Two things have been brought to my attention.  One is that this is indeed RC theology.

The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even his inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. (Nostra Aetate 3)

How anyone can say we worship the same God is beyond me.  The God I worship is a Triune God not so much for Islam.

The second is that it is disrespectful to refer to the pope as Jar-Jar Binks.  I am sorry if I offended but I haven’t found another nick-name that fits as well.  As a certain presidential candidate is fond of saying, “You have to admit, he’s been a disaster.”

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I’m wondering if professor Hawkins will have a job after the new year.

[1] Posted by B. Hunter on 12-15-2015 at 12:28 PM · [top]

Here’s another update: Wheaton College suspends hijab-wearing professor….

[2] Posted by Reformed Wanderer on 12-15-2015 at 09:32 PM · [top]

The sentiment might be defensible, but certainly not the theology behind it.  Wheaton has a few more problems here than just this one professor:

At least two Wheaton College professors commented on Hawkins’ post, expressing support for her statement and gesture.

New Testament Professor Gene Green wrote, “Whom did Jesus identify with and stand with? Those whom the rest rejected. Thanks, L.”

Similarly, communications Professor Michael Stauffer wrote, “Absolutely! You go girl!”


Also on Thursday, a group of Wheaton College staff and students visited the Islamic Center of Wheaton to deliver flowers and a letter of apology for statements made by Jerry Falwell, Jr., chancellor of Liberty University… The letter of apology that the group delivered to the Islamic Center was written on official Wheaton College stationary, and was posted to the Islamic Center of Wheaton’s Facebook page. In the letter, Tiffany Eberle Kriner, associate professor of English, wrote, “Please accept these flowers as a token of our grief at Jerry Falwell’s actions, our repentance for the ways in which evangelicals have abused Muslims, and our desire to be better friends, whose shared love of the one God may make them able BETTER to converse than to oppose one another.”  (emphasis added)

[3] Posted by Reformed Wanderer on 12-15-2015 at 09:46 PM · [top]

It seems to be a commonly held notion on the part of nominal Christians that we worship the same God as Muslims. I wonder if this belief is becoming common among American Muslims? The idea does not stand up to scrutiny, but how many people take the time to scrutinize the Zeitgeist?

[4] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 12-16-2015 at 08:49 AM · [top]

If American Muslims come to believe that Christians have the right idea about God, UP, so much the better, and so much easier to wean them away from Islam.

Of course the Christian revelation of God is radically different from the Muslim view.  From the point of evangelism, however, telling Muslims that God (Allah in Arabic, used also by Arabic speaking Christians) is not God only makes them think you’re the crazy one.  Telling them that God loves them and invites them to receive His love is much more effective.  They don’t learn about God as love in Islam.

[5] Posted by Katherine on 12-16-2015 at 09:31 AM · [top]

Or forgiveness.

[6] Posted by Pb on 12-16-2015 at 02:46 PM · [top]

If we have the same God how come they have been killing us for 1500 years.  Remember, Satan is the father of lies.

[7] Posted by DRLina on 12-16-2015 at 04:34 PM · [top]

I am amazed by the idea that this stuff started with the recent problems in Syria or with George W. Bush. Wonder what the battle of Tours was about?

[8] Posted by Pb on 12-16-2015 at 04:45 PM · [top]

Modern researchers (not orthodox Muslims, obviously) think that Islam began with a heretical Christian sect in the desert near the Holy Land, and developed in the form now known by the end of the ninth century as a reaction to the astounding Arab early conquests in the sixth and seventh centuries.  The idea that Islamic imperialism and supremacism started in the twentieth century ignores history.

[9] Posted by Katherine on 12-16-2015 at 05:32 PM · [top]

I find it breathtaking that a Christian would claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.  Jesus instructed us to judge by people’s actions, like judging a tree by its fruit.  I look at the fruit of a Muslim nation and compare it to a Christian nation, and I see different fruit.

[10] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 12-17-2015 at 12:00 AM · [top]

Proof that advanced degrees and logical thought are unrelated?  That advancedly degreed individuals are not immune to stupidity?  That the historically ignorant are condemned as Thucydides said?

Perhaps she should try a pillow case?  -  Ghosts of Christmas past versus Islamic solidarity in the wake of Islamic terrorist attack AND a fraudulent theology?

Perhaps an investigation of this Professor like that at the Citadel is in order.

[11] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 12-17-2015 at 08:39 AM · [top]

I am deeply concerned regarding the existence of the possibility of militant backlash from so-called Christians who cling to their Bibles.  With what they are saying on the blogosphere, one of their lackies is bound to pick up arms and massacre lots of people, just like in the Crusades.  Of course, they will quickly disavow the actions of said lackey, claiming as they always do that the individual was psychotic. 

Mark my words, we need to do something about abuse of free-speech.  When even a hypothetical high-school drop-out can blog about his composite beliefs promoting Neo-Nazism to ones of tens of people, things have gotten out of hand.  I do not think I am alone in saying that we are the only industrialized nation where this happens.  If you want proof, I present the consensus of the people around me who agree.

[12] Posted by J Eppinga on 12-17-2015 at 01:27 PM · [top]

A telling example from Kenya of very real Muslim-Christian solidarity. It deserves to be more widely reported.

[13] Posted by Jeremy Bonner on 12-21-2015 at 08:11 AM · [top]

These hypocrites are not friends of Muslim Women, or of those who share their faith, they trivialize the suffering that wearing the hijab and other Sharia restrictions impose on Muslim women. No wonder Muslim women are concerned:

[14] Posted by Betty See on 12-21-2015 at 01:41 PM · [top]

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