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Wheaton College seeks to fire Christian professor over view of Islam
by Manya Brachear Pashman
Wheaton College has begun the process of firing a professor who said Muslims and Christians worship the same God, the teacher and the west suburban school confirmed Tuesday.
Larycia Hawkins, a tenured political science professor who in December demonstrated solidarity with her Muslim neighbors by wearing a hijab, said at the end of last year that the college appeared ready to force her out after she had rejected recommendations to resign. This week she received word from Provost Stanton Jones that the termination process had begun.
"The Notice is not a termination; rather, it begins Wheaton College's established process for employment actions pertaining to tenured faculty members," the private evangelical college said in a statement confirming the latest development.
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