An associate professor at the evangelical Wheaton College triggered controversy over the weekend amid her decision to wear a hijab during Advent. The Christian Post reported Larycia Hawkins, who has served as a political science professor at the Christian college since 2007, hopes her hijab will show solidarity with Muslims.
On Thursday, Hawkins took to her Facebook page to declare, “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 she stands in solidarity with Muslims “because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
Such statements do not sound like the theology of a Wheaton College professor. To be sure, other Christians noticed the same inconsistency.
Carol Brown pushed back against Hawkins’ controversial statements in her American Thinker opinion piece, writing, “The Christians God is a God of love. The Muslim God is a God of hate. Love. Hate. Not the same.”
Brown continued on, “That Hawkins feels no need to stand with fellow Christians in the Middle East who are being driven from their homes, tortured, kidnapped, raped, and slaughtered at the hands of Islamic supremacists is sad and disgusting.”
On Sunday, Hawkins acknowledged the controversy surrounding her Advent campaign. “The pushback has primarily centered on the claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God,” Hawkins wrote on her Facebook page. “Please find a cogent analysis of the basis for my claim in the link below…”
The link Hawkins offers is a Huffington Post blog titled, “Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?.” You can read the blog post for yourself here. But it’s not exactly the religious text from which we’d expect Wheaton professors to draw their authority.
“My wearing of the hijab as an act of advent devotion has certainly caused some to question the sincerity of my devotion. To those who question the authenticity of my faith,” Hawkins acknowledged. “I love you.”
What do you think Juicy Ecumenism readers? Do you agree with Hawkins’ solidarity movement? Do you disagree thatChristians and Muslims worship the same God?
This is sure to lend to an interesting discussion. So please leave your comments below.