Evangelical College Professor Wears Hijab for Advent in Solidarity with Muslim Women
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Dec 15
A professor at a well-known Christian college has declared that she will wear a hijab during the Advent season to show her solidarity with Muslim women.
According to Christian Today, Larycia Alaine Hawkins, an associate professor at Wheaton College, says she decided to wear the hijab during the Advent season because “theoretical solidarity is not solidarity at all.”
“Thus, beginning tonight, my solidarity has become embodied solidarity,” Hawkins posted.
Hawkins also made what are sure to be controversial statements within Christianity.
"I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book," said Hawkins. "And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
Many women have joined Hawkins in her effort, but many people have also criticized her. Hawkins, who identifies as a Christian, says the criticism has come “almost exclusively from other Christians.”
Hawkins claims that her position is “one held for centuries by countless Christians (church fathers, saints, and regular Christian folk like)" and insisted that "asserting our religious solidarity with Muslims and Jews will go a long way toward quelling religious violence and enervating religionist fear of the religious other."
Her effort has been lauded by the council on American-Islamic relations.
Publication date: December 15, 2015