Hawkins, a professor at Christian college in the United
States has been placed on leave for wearing a headscarf
to show solidarity with Muslims.
Fox News reported that Hawkins, a Christian and an
associate professor of political science at Wheaton
College in Chicago, was suspended on Tuesday.
however, defended her action, saying it was a
demonstration of her own faith and that she began
wearing a hijab to counter “vitriolic” rhetoric against
Muslims in recent weeks.
The associate professor said she felt it was important
to show solidarity with Muslims who may feel threatened
after the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino in
California as well as the call by Republican
presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for Muslims to be
blocked from entering the US.
“Theoretical solidarity is not solidarity,” the tenured
faculty member said.
college said in a statement Tuesday that it
placed her on leave because of stTatements she
made about similarities between Islam and
Christianity on social media..
Tribune reports Hawkins said on social media that
Christians and Muslims share the same God, despite some
differences between the religion.
While Hawkins had received some support from her
colleagues, Denny Burk, a biblical studies professor at
the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville,
Ky. told the newspaper that Hawkins didn’t clarify her
statement well enough and claimed she denied Christian
Hawkins’ suspension will last through the spring
semester and sparked protests on the Wheaton College
campus from students who called for her reinstatement,
according to the Tribune. Christian leaders also
supported Hawkins at a news conference Wednesday..
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