Yesha Callahan

Black Professor Suspended After Saying Muslims & Christians Worship the Same God

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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.

 

  1. December 18, 2015 - Reply

    I feel the same way about this as I do whenever a student gets kicked out of these ultra Christian schools. You weren’t hired to convert the school to your beliefs. You were accepted to advance theirs. If you disagree with their faith it’s you that should leave. They’re allowed to run their school according to their beliefs even if it excludes you and yours.

    • December 18, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      except what she said is true – christians worship the God of Abraham and muslims also worship the God of Abraham, so it’d seem the school was wrong to suspended her.

  2. December 18, 2015 - Reply

    Regarding wearing the hijab, I’m not Muslim but it seems to be a little disrespectful to wear religious garb to make a political statement. To me it kinda trivializes the garb if you’re comfortable enough to just throw it on even though it’s not your faith and you’re not doing it FOR Islamic purposes (i.e. wearing it to enter a mosque or other Islamic ground). It’s like when I see non Catholics wear rosary beads as jewelry.

    • December 21, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      I am not Muslim but I have family members who are and the hijab is not specifically a religious garb like a cross or Star of David. It’s actually a covering related to modesty and a cultural thing. Hair is seen as sensual, so covering it is seen as a form of modesty. Some Christians also wear the hijab (veil) and is actually the norm in Eastern Orthodox churches and Christians in the Middle East.

      • December 21, 2015 - Reply

        @Mochachick

        Thanks for the info.

  3. December 18, 2015 - Reply

    First, Professor Larycia Alaine Hawkins made a Facebook post. I don’t see any evidence of her intention of trying to proselytize people into the Islamic religion or force people to accept her views via coercion. She wasn’t trying to proselytize anyone. The university that she works for is private and has conservative views on theology, so it will be an uphill battle in order to get her suspension revoked. Sister Hawkings wanted to oppose the massive Islamophobia, discrimination, and hate crimes that Muslims have experience in America and worldwide. She wanted to make a point about solidarity and human dignity (which has been taught by many religious leaders throughout the ages including Yeshua ben Yoseph, who was hated by the religious and political establishment of his day while he was in the flesh on Earth). The question once again deals with school policy. I need to witness explicit school policy that says that what she did was against the policy of Whearton College. If what she did was not against school policy, then her suspension was unwarranted. Dr. Hawkins acted in sincere love for fellow human beings.

  4. December 18, 2015 - Reply

    I was under the impression that Christianity/Catholicism, Islam and Judaism did in fact worship the same god. The only thing is that these three religions don’t agree on who the “savior” is. For example: Christianity/Catholicism believes that the savior is Jesus Christ, Islam believes that it is the Prophet Muhammad, (although Jesus Christ is mentioned in the Koran I believe) and Judaism doesn’t believe the savior has come yet. This was how it was explained to me a long while ago, so it could very well be incorrect. I’ll do some research.

    • December 18, 2015 - Reply

      @PrimmestPlum

      Hello Sister,

      In Christianity, Christians believe that the Savior or the Messiah is Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. In Judaism, they don’t believe that the Savior or Messiah has arrived yet. They follow the Torah, the Nevi’im or the words of the prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc.) and the Ketuvim (or the writings). In Islam, Muslims view Jesus Christ as a great prophet, but not the Messiah or the Son of God. They follow zakat (or almsgiving), they believe in hajj, and they believe in praying 5 times a day. All three religions believe in one God who created the Universe. They disagree on who the Savior is, the names to call God at times, and how to achieve salvation (among other disagreements). Fundamentally, treating your neighbor as yourself, standing up for justice, and believing in altruism are universal principles that we all agree upon.

      • December 19, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        Thank you for being so informative, Truth!

        • December 19, 2015 - Reply

          @PrimmestPlum

          You’re Welcome Sister.

  5. December 18, 2015 - Reply

    “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.” WELL SHE JUST SIMPLIFIED THING AND TOLD THE TRUTH CHRISTIAN PRAY TO ONE GOD SPEAKING ENGLISH THEY CALL “GOD”, MUSLIMS PRAY TO ONE GOD SPEAKING ARABIC THEY CALL “ALLAH” BOTH PRAY TO ONE GOD THE SAME GOD WITH A DIFFERENT NAME IN A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE, it’s as simple as that y’all.

  6. December 18, 2015 - Reply

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

  7. December 19, 2015 - Reply

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

    • December 19, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

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

      • December 21, 2015 - Reply

        @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

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

        • December 21, 2015 - Reply

          @Mochachick

          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.

  8. December 21, 2015 - Reply

    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

    • December 22, 2015 - Reply

      @Mochachick

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

      • December 22, 2015 - Reply

        @Zorino

        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

        • December 22, 2015 - Reply

          @Mochachick

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

        • December 22, 2015 - Reply

          @Mochachick

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

          • December 23, 2015 - Reply

            @Zorino

            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 🙂

  9. December 22, 2015 - Reply

    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?

    • December 22, 2015 - Reply

      @lis

      because this particular black women is probably Muslim herself!

    • December 22, 2015 - Reply

      @lis

      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?

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