Wheaton College students are demanding the institution reinstate tenured political science professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins, who was placed on administrative leave earlier this week for asserting that Muslims and Christians worship the same God in a Facebook post.
Hawkins, who announced on her Facebook page last Thursday that she was going to wear a hijab throughout Advent to show solidarity with Muslims, also made the theological assertion that "we worship the same God."
After the Evangelical school near Chicago, Illinois, suspended Hawkins on Tuesday pending a review of whether the "theological implications" of her comments violated Wheaton's statement of faith, students launched a petition calling for the administration to reinstate Hawkins. more >>
The evangelical higher education institution Wheaton College has suspended tenured political science professor Larycia Hawkins after she asserted in a Facebook post last week that Muslims and Christians "worship the same God."
The post in question came last Thursday when Hawkins, who has taught at the Wheaton, Illinois institution since 2007, announced on her Facebook page that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims.
"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," Hawkins wrote. more >>
FBI surveillance of mosque sermons does not violate the free speech of Muslims, Republican presidential candidate and Baptist Pastor Mike Huckabee argued during CNN's Tuesday night Republican presidential undercard debate.
When addressed with a question on the legality behind mosque surveillance, the former Arkansas governor said it is preposterous to claim that any kind of surveillance of a mosque, church or "a public place" where people are invited to come and listen is a violation of the First Amendment.
"No, it does not violate their First Amendment rights to have someone go and listen to the sermons. You can go to any church in America, it's a public place, you can listen," Huckabee said. "If you go to my church you will probably get a real blessing and heck, it will be a wonderful experience. You go to some people's church, you might go to sleep. I don't know what happens in every church." more >>
Secular organizations will place a group of displays at the Nebraska capitol that will remain up on Christmas day, effectively muscling out a nativity scene.
Dubbed the "Reason This Season", the displays come courtesy a coalition of groups that include Lincoln Atheists, Omaha Atheists, Omaha Coalition of Reason, and UNO Council for Humanist Thought.
"Reason This Season" will be at the rotunda from Dec. 19-26, taking over all the spaces reserved for displays by any group that applies. As a result, the nativity scene currently on display at the capitol rotunda will be taken down on Dec. 18. more >>
Seems like comic book movies are constantly trying to push new borders on content and storylines. The latest film in the X-Men franchise might be pushing it on religion.
In a trailer released earlier this month by 20th Century Fox, the 2016 film "X-Men: Apocalypse" finds the group of superpower-laden heroes battling an ancient villain named Apocalypse.
"I've been called many things over many lifetimes," says Apocalypse, who lists Yahweh alongside the Egyptian god Ra and the Hindu god Krishna as the names he's been called. more >>
The trial of Evangelical Pastor James McConnell began Monday morning in Belfast, Ireland, as some unlikely sources, including an Islamic scholar, have stood up to defend the pastor who called Islam "Satanic."
The Independent reported that McConnell is standing by his controversial statements, and has said that he is prepared to go to jail if the verdict goes against him.
The 78-year-old pastor faces charges of improper use of a public electronic communications network and causing a grossly offensive message for comments he made in 2014 that were broadcasted online. more >>