Professor facing firing for Islam comments responds

CHICAGO (AP) — The professor at a suburban Chicago Christian college who asserted Christians and Muslims worship the same God is disputing the university’s account of interactions with administrators who’ve initiated steps to fire her.

Larycia (lah-REE’-shuh) Hawkins, who’s Christian, posted her views on Facebook and wore a headscarf to show solidarity with Muslims.

Wheaton College officials say she refused to participate in “clarifying conversations” about theological issues. The private evangelical college on Tuesday initiated termination-for-cause proceedings.

Hawkins says she met with administrators several times and provided statements explaining her beliefs, which she believes are line up with the college’s mission. She says she was initially told further discussion wasn’t required. She says then college officials changed requirements, saying her tenure would be revoked while she would have to participate in two years of conversations.

Hawkins spoke Wednesday surrounded by religious leaders, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson.