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 >>
One of the Muslim passengers who stood up and defended Christians during a bus terror attack in Kenya in December has died from a bullet wound he sustained during the ambush, but not before urging Christians and Muslims to live as brothers.
BBC News reported on Monday that Salah Farah died while receiving surgery for his injuries in the capital, Nairobi.
Farah and other Muslim bus passengers risked their lives during an Al-Shabaab attack in December to save fellow Christian passangers. While the attack left two people dead and three others injured, including Farah, authorities said at the time that many more would have been killed had the passengers not stood up to the gunmen. more >>
Israeli leaders have promised to implement a "zero tolerance" policy toward religious discrimination after Jewish extremists vandalized a Christian church in Jerusalem on Sunday.
Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan condemned the attack on Jerusalem's Dormition Abbey, warning that those who carried out the hateful act will face the full brunt of the law.
National Geographic Channel's six-part documentary series "The Story of God" has released its first trailer, in which acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman asks some of the most fundamental questions human beings have, such as "what happens when we die?"
The large-scale project, which was announced last year, features Freeman exploring religious beliefs around the world, and part of his search reportedly takes him to Christian megachurches in America, such as Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
ET Online unveiled an exclusive first look of that journey with the release of the trailer on Thursday, which shows Freeman immersing himself in discussions, ceremonies and practices of faith groups around the world, from India to Egypt to Israel and the U.S. more >>