The war based on religion is becoming further dangerous, crossing the borders of Taliban and ISIS. Now it is not limited to the mind-sets of the terror groups too. Lately, a professor at Wheaton College in Illinois has been placed on leave after administrator found she talked over the social media that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
The associate professor of political science, Dr. Larycia Hawkins, is said to have been suspended through the spring semester.
The official statement of the school said, “Wheaton professors should “engage in and speak about public issues in ways that faithfully represent the College’s evangelical Statement of Faith.”
Protests were seen in the campus on Wednesday with about 100 people sitting with demand of roll-back decision of the administrator. They were heard chanting “Reinstate Doc Hawk” and “We love Wheaton!”
Also, the school’s communications office declined to comment on the matter openly to the press. President Philip Ryken said they are firm on their decision of suspension and would not lift it.
The suspended professor was also seen wearing a hijab on her December 10 Facebook post to which she said to do so through the entire Christian reason of Advent to show human solidarity with Musllims.
This fall the anti-Islam rhetoric has been in sharp high in public square. It is being found in GOP presidential candidates.
Dr. Hawkins wrote in her Facebook post, “I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same primordial clay, descendants of the same cradle of humankind.”
The post is commented by several people and hundreds of like-minded one has liked it too. She has been praised for her views towards Muslims.
Citing Christianity Today interview with Yale theologian Miroslav Volf on the topic she wrote she stands in the religious solidarity with Muslims as they are people of the book similar to Christain.
In the interview Volf said even all the Christians and all the Muslims don’t worship the same God but he feels that followers of both the religions refer to the same object and to the same Being when they pray and when they worship.
Volf added that Muslims and Christians are two of the largest religious groups in the world and they comprise more than half of humanity. It is required to find ways to believe peacefully together.
The next day of Dr. Hawkins Facebook post Wheaton College received inquiries, as it is claimed by the office, about the professor’s remarks by unnamed faculty about the relationship between Christianity and Islam as well as the fundamental differences between the two religions.
However, the college is not responding to the press and ABC News website writes the college spokeswoman did not return their messages which were intended to gather more information upon the matter.
Dr. Hawkins said she affirm to the creeds of the church.