Political science director Larycia Hawkins wanted to show her solidarity with Muslims who are facing a big backlash over recent terrorist shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, CA. She chose to do so by earning a traditional “hijab” head scarf during the Christmas Advent season.
This might have gone unnoticed at any number of U.S. colleges, but it raised more than eyebrows at Wheaton College, a Christian school near Chicago where Hawkin’s was teaching. Three months later, the school has announced that Professor Hawkins will no longer be a part of the faculty.
In a fairly bizarre side note, officials said that certain comments the professor made on her Facebook page ran counter to the school’s mission to provide a biblical approach to education. Those controversial tweets apparently paraphrased statements by Pope Francis that Muslims and Christians all worship the same God. The school’s mission page states that it aims to “do all things for Christ and his kingdom.” That kingdom, apparently, has little place for people wearing scarfs or for Pope Francis. More here.