A faculty diversity committee at Wheaton College has concluded that embattled political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who is now facing disciplinary action for expressing solidarity with Muslims, has suffered discrimination "on the basis of race, gender, and to a lesser extent, marital status."
Hawkins, who is the school's first black female tenured professor, set off a national firestorm last December for declaring on Facebook: "as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God," following the terror attacks in San Bernardino, California. She also chose to wear a hijab in support of Muslims.
She has been on paid administrative leave since the controversy erupted at the Illinois college. While she has recevied support from some evangelicals she has been condemned by others, including high profile figures such as the Rev. Franklin Graham. more >>
All too often people speak pessimistically about themselves, and in doing so, unintentionally invite negativity into their lives. But a new book by Lakewood megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen reminds readers that words have power, and aims to help people kick the habit of speaking negatively and to invite good things through the power of the tongue.
"You have to invite the right things into your life," Osteen tells viewers during a segment on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Tuesday.
In his latest self-help title The Power of I Am, Osteen teaches readers how to create a narrative of positivity in their lives using the two words "I am," followed by positive affirmations. In the opening chapter, he writes, "What follows those two simple words will determine what kind of life you live." more >>
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., invoked the Islamic prophet Muhammad at Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., and compared aspects of the Christian and Islamic faiths.
Pelosi, a Roman Catholic, was one of the number of political and faith leaders to speak at the annual prayer breakfast, and mentioned in her speech some of the similarities she sees between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
"In the Gospel of John we see the golden rule that stands at the heart of the gospel, and as we hear these words from John 13, 15, and 17, we know that this message, this command of love is not confined to the New Testament," Pelosi said, according to The Daily Caller. more >>
A group of 20 political scientists who graduated from Wheaton College are encouraging their alma mater to reinstate tenured political professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins, who was suspended and could soon be fired for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
As Hawkins prepares for her Feb. 11 termination hearing before the evangelical institution's Faculty Personnel Committee, a number of prominent voices within the Wheaton community have called on the college's administration to drop its termination effort.
While Wheaton maintains that Hawkins appears to be in violation of the school's statement of faith, 20 Wheaton grads who are now political science professors at various higher education institutions sent a letter on Wednesday to Wheaton President Philip Ryken and the college's board of trustees citing concerns that the school has violated Hawkins' rights to due process by placing her on administrative leave. more >>
Islam teaches that Christians and Muslims worship the same god, the head of The Center on American-Islamic Relations wrote last week in defense of a suspended Wheaton College professor who asserted that notion on Facebook in December.
In an op-ed condemning the Illinois Evangelical higher education institution for suspending and attempting to fire political science professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same deity, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad argued that the school's belief that the two religions don't worship the same God displays a level of "ignorance."
"It is clear that Wheaton College has the right to its own theological stance on the nature of God, but from an Islamic perspective, there is only one deity worshiped by Muslims, Christians and Jews," Awad asserted. "In fact, the Muslim declaration of faith (shahada) states: 'There is no god but God.' more >>
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Great Mosque in Rome at the end of the month, Muslim leaders confirmed this week.
Leaders from one of the largest mosques in the western world told local news outlets that they requested a special visit from the pontiff several months ago.
Although the Vatican has yet to confirm its visit, Omar Camilletti, a member of the mosque's governing council, told CBS News that the meeting is "certain" to take place, but hasn't been confirmed due to security reasons. more >>