Christian College Places Professor on Leave for Muslim Remarks
A Christian college professor has been placed on administrative leave after wearing a headscarf to demonstrate solidarity with Muslims.
Larycia Hawkins is an associate professor at Wheaton College, a private evangelical school west of Chicago.
Hawkins said she wore the hijab to support Muslims in the country.
"In the spirit of Advent, my actions were motivated by a desire to live out my faith. Period," Hawkins said Wednesday at a news conference at a Chicago church.
School officials say they placed her on leave after she made comments on social media about Christians and Muslims sharing the same god.
"In response to significant questions regarding the theological implications of statements that Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Larycia Hawkins has made about the relationship of Christianity to Islam, Wheaton College has placed her on administrative leave, pending the full review to which she is entitled as a tenured faculty member," the statement read.
They said they had "no stated position" on the wearing of headscarves as a gesture of care and concern.
Students are rallying online to defend her and call for her to be reinstated.