Christian College Prof Stands ‘in Religious Solidarity’ with Muslims

Bible_fIf you think the PC Police are confined to the secular public square, think again. Get a load of what’s going on at Wheaton College. A “professor” at the “Christian” college in Illinois is miffed that administrators are miffed over her apparent inability (or unwillingness) to differentiate between Christianity and Islam.

You read that right.

Wheaton College said it placed Larycia Hawkins on administrative leave in December because of theological statements “that seem inconsistent with Wheaton College’s doctrinal convictions, which she voluntarily agreed to support and uphold when she entered into an employment agreement with the college.”

What were those statements? Oh, nothing unusual. Just a bit of fluff like her Facebook post that says: “I stand in religious 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.”

Picked yourself up off the floor yet? (That’s okay. I’ll wait.)

Hawkins took exception to the administration’s action. She told reporters on Wednesday that she met with Wheaton College administrators several times and provided statements explaining her beliefs. She claims they line up with the college’s mission. Hawkins said she was initially told further discussion wasn’t needed but college officials then changed requirements, saying her tenure would be revoked while she would have to participate in two years of conversations.

But wait. It gets better. Via Fox News:

Hawkins began to wear a hijab to show solidarity with Muslims, whom she felt were being persecuted in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting and the terror attacks in Paris. She told reporters last month her actions were “motivated by a desire to live out my faith.”

The school insists that is not why she was placed on leave.

The college said it has had frank conversations with Hawkins on doctrinal issues as it pursued the possibility of reconciliation with her but that “Hawkins has stated clearly her unwillingness to participate in such further clarifying conversations.”

Hawkins has been asked to affirm the college’s statement of faith four times since she started teaching at Wheaton College nine years go, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hawkins and the school have butted heads over a paper relating the Bible and race relations in America, a photo taken of her inside a home at a party on the same day as Chicago’s Pride Parade and suggesting the college’s curriculum should include sensitive vocabulary for talks concerning sexuality, according to the Tribune.

Hawkins now faces a hearing with the college’s Faculty Personnel Committee. She may also want to “face” a refresher course in Biblical Foundations 101. Whether this occurs before or after those evil administrators who aren’t too keen on a prof standing “in religious solidarity” with Muslims in a Christian school are pilloried in the press remains unclear.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that Wheaton College just may have a bone to pick with Hawkins. In fact, the college may even have a right to determine for itself what is and isn’t in line with its own mission.

Meanwhile, can someone hand Hawkins a Bible? Or perhaps an application for the nearest madrasa?

H/T: Fox News


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A multi-published author and recovering Democrat, Kristine Lowder is a native Californian recently transplanted to the People's Republic of Washington State. She still refuses to cede her life, fortune, or sacred honor to liberal Nazgul or anyone else with poor eyesight. Kristine is a graduate of Biola University. You can find her online at: Kristine Lowder, Writer or at Conservelocity.
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