A professor from Wheaton College of Arts has been disciplined over wearing a head scarf in solidarity with Muslims.
The liberal arts college issued a statement saying Larycia Hawkins, an associate professor of political science, had been placed on administrative leave for significant questions related to the theological implications of her recently made remarks regarding relations between Christianity and Islam.
‘As they participate in various causes, it is essential that faculty and staff engage in and speak about public issues in ways that faithfully represent the College’s evangelical Statement of faith,” the statement reads.
Earlier, the professor had posted her scarf-wearing photographs on Facebook and she expressed her commitment to keep putting on the scarf while being at her work, in airplanes and also at social events during the weeks before Christmas to show solidarity with Muslims, which have been facing religious discrimination.
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins wrote, adding ‘as Pope Francis stated last week that we worship the same God.’
Wheaton College said the following day that it had received inquiries about remarks on social media by an unanimous faculty member about the relationship between both religions – Christianity and Islam – and their fundamental differences.