The Wheaton College provost who recommended the school begin its termination process for a tenured professor who asserted that Muslims and Christians "worship the same God," had previously called the professor's assertion "innocuous" just days before she was suspended.
After political science professor Larycia Hawkins issued a Dec. 10 Facebook post explaining that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims and stated that "we worship the same God," a media firestorm began and causing media relations issue for the private Illinois Evangelical institution.
Although Wheaton placed Hawkins, the school's first tenured black female professor, on administrative leave on Dec. 15 after Hawkins issued a follow-up post on Dec. 13 defending her "same god" argument, Provost Stanton Jones stated in an email to a Wheaton psychology professor that he felt Hawkins' comments were "innocuous." more >>
The tenured Wheaton College professor who is currently suspended for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God published on Wednesday the theological statement she submitted to the institution last month explaining the basis of her argument.
After political science professor Larycia Hawkins was placed on administrative leave in December for asserting that "we worship the same god" in a Facebook post explaining that she was wearing a hijab through the Advent to show solidarity with Muslims, the school claimed her comments violated its statement of faith and asked Hawkins to submit a theological statement about her "same god" argument before she could be reinstated.
On Dec. 17, 2015, Hawkins submitted the requested statement to Wheaton Provost Stanton Jones. Despite submitting the four-page statement, administrators felt that "further theological clarification" was necessary before the two sides could move forward with the reconciliation process. more >>
A Muslims family that went to Olive Garden for a Christmas Day dinner were surprised when they were told a stranger paid for their bill, saying that it "touches their hearts."
CBS News reported on Tuesday that when Georgia resident Eslam Mohamed and his family were finishing dinner at a local Olive Garden restaurant they asked for their bill, and a waitress handed them the note that had large words written across reading: "Paid. Merry Christmas. Beautiful family."
Mohamed took to Facebook to express his gratitude, and explained that his group at the table consisted of seven adults and five children. He said that he suspected everyone in the restaurant could tell they were Arab Muslims, due to their language and the hijabs that the women were wearing. more >>
Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? This has become the focus of a national discussion following the controversy over this issue at Wheaton College. Wheaton last week suspended political science professor, Larycia Hawkins, after she donned a hijab, or Muslim headdress, to show solidarity with Muslims, and then posted the following on her Facebook page: "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."
Today, the Chicago Tribune reported that talks between the college and Dr. Hawkins have reached a stalemate. Hawkins reportedly rejected an offer by the college that would revoke her tenure for two years, but would allow her to teach again in the fall.
Some, like author and theologian Miroslav Volf, have supported Hawkins' statement and alleged that her suspension was due to anti-Muslim bigotry. Yet, others are praising Wheaton College, saying the suspension was justified to protect sound theology. But few, if any, have the unique perspective that Nabeel Qureshi has. more >>
The Bishop of Garissa in Kenya has said that the group of Muslims who recently risked their lives to save fellow Christian bus passengers have shown terrorists that they do not have their support.
"It is a very good thing; a concrete sign that Kenyan Muslims are against violence," His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Alexander said, according to Fides News Agency.
"The Shabaab now know that they do not have the support of the Muslim community," Alexander added. "We hope that we continue in this direction, because a year ago there was a similar attack that caused a massacre." more >>
Two moderate Muslim women have decried non-Muslim females who are wearing hijabs in a show of solidarity, and argue that it only helps feed the strict interpretation of Islam that limits women's freedoms and requires them to hide their hair and faces.
After a Wheaton College professor announced earlier this month that she was going to wear a hijab throughout the Advent as a way of showing solidarity with Muslims, non-Muslim women across the country have joined the WISH (Women in Solidarity with Hijabis) movement and donned hijabs in public. Many have also posted pictures of themselves in hijabs to their various social media platforms.
As many women are wearing hijabs this holiday season with good intentions, two Muslim women who grew up in conservative Muslim families in Egypt and India wrote a Washington Post op-ed arguing that the solidarity hijab movement only hurts moderate Muslim women in their attempts to "reclaim" the religion from "the prongs of a strict interpretation" that impedes on the liberty of Muslim women. more >>