By Ali Younes
A private Christian college in Chicago area has begun the process of sacking a professor who wore a hijab in solidarity with Muslims and posted on Facebook that ” Christians and Muslims worship the same God”.
Larycia Hawkins, 43, an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College, said she wore the headscarf last month to show support for American Muslims who – in the aftermath of mass shootings in San Bernardino and Paris – face increasing incidents of bias and discrimination.
Hawkins wrote on her Facebook page: “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me – a Christian – are people of the Book.”
Wheaton College issued a statement on Tuesday confirming that Provost Santon Jones had delivered to a notice of recommendation to initiate termination-for-cause proceedings to Hawkins.
American Muslims continue to be the target of demeaning remarks from US politicians such as presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, and by evangelical Christian leaders such as Jerry Falwell Jr, a television evangelist and president of the Virginia-based Christian college Liberty University.
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Ali Younes is a Senior Political Analyst for The Arab Daily News online newspaper. He is a veteran news-editor, Journalist, and a Middle East analyst working for major American news network . He is based in Washington, D.C.
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