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Wheaton College student urges hijabs be worn on holiday flights, backs professor
by Manya Brachear Pashman
The student who inspired a Wheaton College professor to wear a hijab in solidarity with Muslims has mobilized nearly a dozen others to wear the traditional Muslim headscarf on their flights home for Christmas.
Karly Bothman, 20, of Eugene, Ore., said the lessons she learned this fall from Larycia Hawkins, the political science professor suspended this week for proclaiming that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, have inspired her to fight for those who are oppressed, including refugees and her Muslim neighbors.
The movement is not intended as a show of solidarity with Hawkins, Bothman said, but an attempt to bolster the original purpose of the professor's symbolic gesture.
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