Professor, Christian college ‘part ways’ after controversy over head scarf

by Aamer Madhani  |  published on February 8, 2016

A Christian college professor who sparked nationwide debate — and scrutiny from her school — after donning a hijab and saying that Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave her post.

Wheaton College, outside of Chicago, and political science professor Larycia Hawkins have reached a confidential agreement in which they will “part ways,” the college said in a statement Saturday.

“Wheaton College sincerely appreciates Dr. Hawkins’ contributions to this institution over the last nine years,” the college’s president, Philip Graham Ryken, said in the statement. “We are grateful for her passionate teaching, scholarship, community service and mentorship of our students.”

The controversy began when the tenured professor received attention in Christian media outlets after announcing she would wear a traditional head scarf, known as a hijab, through the Christmas Advent season. She said she started wearing the hijab as part of a personal effort to show solidarity with Muslims, who have faced backlash after last year’s mass shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

The college, located in Chicago’s western suburb of Wheaton and one of the most prominent Christian colleges in the country, said it had no position on her decision to wear a head scarf. Administrators raised concerns about subsequent comments she made on her Facebook page, in which paraphrased comments from Pope Francis that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

  • mallen11

    This is good news. She should not teach in a Christian school and go against what the Bible teaches.

  • Grim Reaper

    Muslims worship Baal the false Moon God, as instructed by their evil prophet Muhammad. Hopefully one day the wickedness of Islam and its Satanic teachings will be banned forever from this nation, and all other countries that chose to reject this bane against humanity, and affront to the one true God that will judge them all.

  • Susannadanna

    I’m so happy that Wheaton weeded out this unworthy, unknowledgeable “professor.” Clearly, her knowledge of the LORD and of Islam’s god and tenets were confused at best.

  • Rose Boltz

    She is so dumb don’t know how she obtained employment. Good she is gone. Go play with your kind.

  • Dee Mabuhay

    Hmmm… there is a big difference that this professor is blind of. The Muslims have Muhammad (a wannabe prophet, a pedophile, a warrior who wants to slaughter those who don’t want to convert) while the Christians who have Jesus Christ who preached forgiveness, tolerance, love and peace.


    Our God and Allah do not require the same “golden rule” from communicants.

  • Wingedgodd3ss

    These are the stories that need to happen more. Seems she was asked to leave and she absolutely should have been.

  • Diane Phillips

    02/08/16 = Good morning, Mike Tanco is absolutely right! Christians worship Jehovah and Jesus, the Christ. Since allah means god, the professor needs to research the true name of her god. And… would be more helpful if she started showing solidarity with Christians!

    • Grim Reaper

      Baal is the Moon God of Satanic origin. Not the Christian God the creator of all.

  • Sandra Anderson

    Bible and the koran are different books one is written by men insoired by God and one is written by man inspired by selfish desires

  • Mike Tanco

    Poor woman has been brain washed if she thinks GOD and Allah are the same. She needs to read the Bible and compare it with the Koran. They are not the same.

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