A Christian associate political science professor announced that she intends to wear a Muslim headscarf, or hijab, throughout Advent, the first season of the Christian church year leading up to Christmas and heralding the coming of Christ.
She teaches at Wheaton College, a well-known Christian school located in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton.
Professor Larycia Hawkins made her announcement on Facebook late Thursday night.
“I don’t love my Muslim neighbor because s/he is American,” she began. “I love my Muslim neighbor because s/he deserves love by virtue of her/his human dignity.”
Here’s Hawkins post:
“As part of my Advent Worship, I will wear the hijab to work at Wheaton College, to play in Chi-town, in the airport and on the airplane to my home state that initiated one of the first anti-Sharia laws (read: unconstitutional and Islamophobic), and at church,” she wrote.
Hawkins also indicated that she sought advice and counsel before embarking on this demonstration — but not from anyone at Wheaton or her church.
“I would like to add that I have sought the advice and blessing of one of the preeminent Muslim organizations in the United States, the Council on American Islamic Relations, #CAIR, where I have a friend and Board colleague on staff.”
As if CAIR was about to say no.
According to its website, “Wheaton College is an explicitly Christian, academically rigorous, fully residential liberal arts college and graduate school located in Wheaton, Illinois. Established in 1860, Wheaton is guided by its original mission to provide excellence in Christian higher education….”
The news gained traction on Twitter — her are a few examples:
@theblaze Before I would do anything like that, I would ask a local Imam if he would wear a crucifix during advent as a sign of mutual resp.
— Vince Williams (@vinceboy72) December 13, 2015
@theblaze nothing says submission better than actual submission…..
— Veracious_one (@jimmywb3813) December 13, 2015
One social media user wondered just how far she’d go to show her solidarity with Muslims.
— Ezra Cole (@EzraPCole) December 13, 2015
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