Last year, Larycia Hawkins, an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian university in Illinois was suspended after wearing a hijab in support of Muslims and saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same god.
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins wrote. “And as Pope Francis stated … we worship the same god.”
Hawkins, who was the first African-American woman to become a tenured professor at Wheaton, said she was wearing the hijab as an “embodied support” for Muslims. But now, after a 2 month suspension, Hawkins has been fired.
The college announced over the weekend that they were ‘parting ways’ with Hawkins and said on their site that it and Hawkins “reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways.”
The school stated that declaring Muslims and Christians “worship the same god” violated the “Statement of Faith.”
“Wheaton College sincerely appreciates Dr. Hawkins’ contributions to this institution over the last nine years,”Philip Graham Ryken, Wheaton’s president, stated. “We are grateful for her passionate teaching, scholarship, community service and mentorship of our students.”