This is what it has come down to at Wheaton College. Christianity Today is reporting that Larycia Hawkins, the political science professor who wore a hijab during Advent and said that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, is probably on her way out.
Here is a taste of the CT piece:
Wheaton College’s provost has begun termination proceedings against Larycia Hawkins for her public statements supporting Muslims, the college confirmed.
“The Notice is not a termination; rather, it begins Wheaton College’s established process for employment actions pertaining to tenured faculty members,” spokesperson LaTonya Taylor said…
“Dr. Hawkins’ administrative leave resulted from theological statements that seemed inconsistent with Wheaton College’s doctrinal convictions,” the college stated.
A spokesperson for Hawkins said the professor will “provide information regarding the notification” at a press conference tomorrow at the Chicago Temple, and said that Hawkins “maintains Christian support for the Muslim community amidst the ongoing anti-Muslim climate.”
Hawkins received notice Monday that Wheaton provost Stanton Jones was recommending her termination.
The parties reached an “impasse” when Hawkins declined to further elaborate the theological implications of her statements, according to the college.
The matter will now be considered by the Faculty Personnel Committee, made up of 9 elected and tenured faculty members, and then Wheaton president Philip Ryken will consider the recommendations of both the provost and the committee.
The college’s Board of Trustees will then vote on Ryken’s recommendation.
I am not going to add anything to this post, other than to say that this is unfortunate. But I stand by Wheaton’s right as a Christian institution to draw boundaries in the way that they want to draw boundaries.
I have written (and linked to) a few posts that provide a means of thinking about the Hawkins case in a way that did not have to result in her firing. You can find those posts here. Maybe I will write it up in a more coherent essay.