Wheaton College has suspended their hijab-wearing professor, Dr. Larycia Hawkins. According to Christianity Today, the suspension is not due to her hijab or act of solidarity with Muslims, but comes as a result of her unorthodox comment asserting Christians and Muslims “worship the same God.”
In an official press statement released Tuesday, Wheaton College acknowledged they’ve received “significant questions regarding the theological implications of statements” made by Hawkins. The evangelical university confirmed Hawkins’ suspension is “pending the full review of which she is entitled as a tenured faculty member.”
The press statement continued:
Wheaton College faculty and staff make a commitment to accept and model our institution’s faith foundations with integrity, compassion and theological clarity. As they participate in various causes, it is essential that faculty and staff engage in and speak about public issues in ways that faithfully represent the College’s evangelical Statement of Faith.
Hawkins made her controversial comment last Thursday on her Facebook page. She explained she would wear a hijab during Advent to show 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.”
When commentators pushed back against the Wheaton professor’s outrageous statement on social media, she pointed them towards an unhelpful Huffington Post op-ed and responded, “To those who question the authenticity of my faith, I love you.”
You can read the original Juicy Ecumenism story here.