Wheaton provost apologizes to Larycia Hawkins; She’s leaving

Posted: February 7, 2016 in Politics, Race, Religion, Uncategorized
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This story is troubling in so many ways. Not to get into the theology of the story which isn’t conducive, I will say this. The is a perfect example of xenophobia, fundamentalist as well as evangelical believers have one thing in common; they hate Islam and muslims! This is an example of supremacy, the bible is the only truth, everyone else is a lie and lake of fire bound. In no way am I taking up for the muslims, their Jesus is going to destroy all other religions. I’m only peering through pulling back the skin so people can see a bit what is truly beneath it all; HATE!

(RNS) Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins, who faced termination from her tenured post at the evangelical school for publicly saying Christians and Muslims worship the “same God,” has announced in a joint statement with the college that she will leave.

The statement on Wheaton’s web site referred to a “confidential agreement under which they will part ways.”

Wheaton President Philip Graham Ryken is quoted offering the history professor appreciation for her nine years at the college outside Chicago. “We are grateful for her passionate teaching, scholarship, community service and mentorship of our students.”

Hawkins is quoted praising the college, often called the Evangelical Harvard, saying that it represents Christian liberal arts in “its mission, programs, and in the caliber of its employees and students.”

Ryken emailed students, faculty and staff Saturday to announce that the “complex and painful” controversy has now “come to a place of resolution and reconciliation. With a mutual desire for God’s blessing, we have decided to part ways.”

Ryken called this “a time for prayer, lament, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation,” and announced a reconcilliation service” in the college chapel for Tuesday, (Feb. 9) where he and Hawkins will both speak.

Ryken also announced there will be a review by the Board of Trustees on the issues raised over the last two months including “academic freedom, due process, the leaking of confidential information, possible violations of faculty governance, and gender and racial discrimination.”

Hawkins was suspended in December when the administration deemed her personal Facebook post in December — in which she spoke about solidarity with Muslims during the Christian Advent season — was a violation of the schools’s requisite statement of faith.

This provoked and uproar with students demonstrating in support of Hawkins and Rev. Franklin Graham publicly supporting Wheaton. “I can tell you – Islam and Christianity clearly do not worship the same God,” Graham said, in support of moves to fire Hawkins.

In January, she was told the school was moving to terminate her. However, the termination process, which began with an investigation by a faculty council and would eventually reach Jones’ desk, was short circuited when faculty leaders unanimously asked Wheaton College to drop its attempt to fire (Hawkins), according to the magazine.

In a letter dated February 2 and published Saturday (Feb. 7) by Christianity Today, Jones told the faculty:

“I communicated to Dr. Hawkins that I recognize her as a sister in Christ, and that it was never my intent to call the sincerity of her faith into question. I asked Dr. Hawkins for her forgiveness for the ways I contributed to the fracture of our relationship, and to the fracture of Dr. Hawkins’ relationship with the College. While I acted to exercise my position of oversight of the faculty within the bounds of Wheaton College employment policies and procedures, I apologized for my lack of wisdom and collegiality as I initially approached Dr. Hawkins, and for imposing an administrative leave more precipitously than was necessary.”

Hawkins has said she has no regrets over her comments on December 10. She wrote,“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.”

She also donned a hijab during Advent as an expression of “embodied solidarity” with Muslim Americans in the wake of prominent figures such as Donald Trump and Franklin Graham calling for bans on Muslim immigration to the United States.

White evangelicals are divided on whether there is “a lot” of discrimination against Muslims in the US (44% say yes, 49% say no), but 75 percent do think discrimination against Muslims in the US is increasing, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

On Monday, Hawkins donned the headscarf again for World Hijab Day, tweeting, “I’m veiled today and I’m in good company with Muslim & non-Muslim sisters, according to Christianity Today

About 35 percent of evangelical Protestants believe that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, according to a recent LifeWay Research survey, while a majority of 60 percent disagree. Americans overall are evenly split: 46 percent believe that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, while 47 percent disagree.

In Saturday’s joint statement, said “Both parties share a commitment to care for the oppressed and the marginalized, including those who are marginalized because of their religious beliefs, and to respectful dialogue with people of other faiths or no faith.”

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

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