UPDATED: Wheaton College Professor Dons Hi-Jab in Solidarity with Muslims
That associate political science professor Larycia Hawkins posted photos of herself wearing a hijab — a Muslim headscarf — may not seem terribly out of the ordinary.
That she announced she’s doing so during Advent might not be that big of a deal, either.
But what may be eye-opening is that Hawkins is a faculty member at Wheaton College, an iconic suburban Chicago school that’s arguably the best-known Christian college in the world.
Hawkins made her announcement on her Facebook page Thursday, saying her outward gesture — she’ll don the hijab everywhere she goes during Advent — is a demonstration of “human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor.”
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” she wrote. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
But since “theoretical solidarity is not solidarity at all,” Hawkins shared that she felt compelled to make hers an “embodied solidarity.”
“As part of my Advent Worship, I will wear the hijab to work at Wheaton College, to play in Chi-town, in the airport and on the airplane to my home state that initiated one of the first anti-Sharia laws (read: unconstitutional and Islamophobic), and at church,” Hawkins said, adding that she hopes others will join her cause.
I don’t follow Pope Jar-Jar but I am really hoping this professor AT A CHRISTIAN COLLEGE listened to a poor translation.
UPDATE: Two things have been brought to my attention. One is that this is indeed RC theology.
The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even his inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. (Nostra Aetate 3)
How anyone can say we worship the same God is beyond me. The God I worship is a Triune God not so much for Islam.
The second is that it is disrespectful to refer to the pope as Jar-Jar Binks. I am sorry if I offended but I haven’t found another nick-name that fits as well. As a certain presidential candidate is fond of saying, “You have to admit, he’s been a disaster.”
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