With attacks on Muslims increasing, a professor at one of the most well-known Christian colleges in the world is showing her support for Muslim women this Christmas season by donning a hijab.
Larycia Alaine Hawkins, an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College near Chicago posted photos on her Facebook page last week with a message which reads, in part:
I don’t love my Muslim neighbor because s/he is American.
I love my Muslim neighbor because s/he deserves love by virtue of her/his human dignity.
I stand in human solidarity with my Muslim neighbor because we are formed of the same primordial clay, descendants of the same cradle of humankind–a cave in Sterkfontein, South Africa that I had the privilege to descend into to plumb the depths of our common humanity in 2014.
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.
WPTV notes that Hawkins added that she checked first with the Council on American Islamic Relations to be sure her gesture was not offensive in any way for non-Muslim women to wear the hijab and she invites other women to join her effort as a way to express support and unity.
Meanwhile, as part of an event called “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab,” students at a Chicago high school joined their Muslim peers in wearing a hijab in order to get a better understanding of their faith.
This comes at a time when political rhetoric has been heating up toward American Muslims. The father of a decorated Muslim war hero who died defending our country had some words for Donald Trump. He essentially said that the Republican frontrunner’s rhetoric does not represent the values of the United States. He’s not wrong.
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