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International – Not the same God

February 2016

Wheaton College in the US has suspended a professor for not only wearing a hijab to support Muslims, but also for her explanation that both Allah and God are the same.

According to news reports from The Guardian, Professor Larycia Hawkins, associate political science professor at the private evangelical Christian college in Chicago, donned a hijab to highlight solidarity with US Muslims who had suffered increasing abuse since the San Bernardino shootings.

However, instead of merely wearing the scarf as a form of support, Dr Hawkins also proclaimed on social media that Christians and Muslims share the same God, and so was suspended by the college.

As quoted in the news report, Dr Hawkins wrote on Facebook, ‘I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims, because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God’.

However, some evangelical Christians read her statement as a conflation of Christian and Muslim theology, and the college suspended her. The Guardian also claimed she had been asked three times to affirm the college’s statement of faith.

According to reports, many students have protested against her suspension and created a campaign on Twitter to #ReinstateDocHawk.
A statement from the college in December said: ‘While Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths, including what they teach about God’s revelation to humanity, the nature of God, the path to salvation and the life of prayer’.

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