Wheaton prof dons hijab for Advent: Solidarity with Muslims; ‘we worship the same God’

Wheaton prof dons hijab for Advent: Solidarity with Muslims; ‘we worship the same God’

[Ed. – Not your father’s Wheaton College, apparently.]

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.

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Hawkins made her announcement on herFacebook 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.”

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