Larycia Hawkins, an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian university in Illinois, was suspended Tuesday after saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same god. Wheaton College stated Hawkins was placed on leave because, “in response to significant questions regarding the theological implications of statements that [Hawkins] has made about the relationship of Christianity to Islam.” these views conflict with the college’s statement of faith, to which all faculty members pledge to commit.

Hawkins has been wearing a hijab for the last month to show an “embodied solidarity” with Muslims this month and said she’d wear it throughout Advent season.

Hawkins posted her stance on Facebook last week:


Students have been showing support for the tenured professor and issued a statement to the college via a petition requesting her to be reinstated:

The statement reads in part:

“In the midst of a toxic socio-political environment where Muslims are the target of stigmatization, acts of aggression, and proposed policy which targets and alienates them, Dr. Hawkins acted in love and in solidarity to be an example of how Christ would respond. We believe there is nothing in Dr. Hawkins’ public statements that goes against the belief in the power and nature of God, Christ, or the Holy Spirit that the Statement of Faith deems as a necessary requirement for affiliation with Wheaton College.”

Hawkins is the first African-American woman to become a tenured professor at Wheaton.


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  • Zorino

    What would Jesus do? Would he have suspended Larycia Hawkins?

  • Mary Burrell

    Real die hard fundamentalist evangelicals will not be tolerant of her actions and more than likely she might lose her job.

    • trueletterson*[email protected]

      and all she did was try to simplify things for those who don’t know, look she told the truth.

    • Mochachick

      I told a co-worker the same thing as the prof. told her students and she wasn’t having it either. Ignorance is bliss

    • trueletterson*[email protected]

      you got that right, and those ignore people are very dangerous they will get you fired and cause your children to suffer and think they are doing right.

  • Mochachick

    Uhm, but they do. The 3 Abrahamic religions, Judism, Islam, and Christianity worship the same God. The religions diverge as it relates to the Messiah. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the Messiah. Jews believe he/she has not arrived on earth yet, Muslims believe that Jesus was a profit, but not the son of God.

    Universities are supposed to be places of learning and enlightenment; however, the powers to be at this university are neither learned or enlightened. SMH

    • Zorino

      That’s right. Oh, it’s actually spelled prophet. No diss.

    • Mochachick

      LOL No disrespect taken. Phone typing coupled with weak spelling skills due to spell check, digital age, etc. caused my downfall :). My teacher heavy family would be horrified

    • trueletterson*[email protected]

      we knew what you meant there is always a spelling patrol patrolling every thread.

    • Zorino

      I speak French, and somehow it does preventing me from making some mistakes/typos that native English speakers make.

    • Mochachick

      Please know that I was just joking. While I do not speak French like you, I am well versed in my native tongue, English. My phone, however, with its predictive text, may not be as “smart” as its name suggests :)

  • lis

    Why are Black women always caping for people who don’t give a damn about them?…and get themselves in trouble for their efforts that Noone asked of them?

    • trueletterson*[email protected]

      because this particular black women is probably Muslim herself!

    • Mochachick

      You know there are scores of Black Muslims in African nations, African-Arabs, African-Iraqis, African-Indians, African-Americans, African-Caribbeans, etc. that are practicing Muslims, right?