A professor at one of the most well-known Christian colleges in the world is lending her support for Muslim women this Christmas season.
Larycia Alaine Hawkins, an associate professor of political science at Wheaton College near Chicago posted photos to her Facebook page last week showing herself wearing a hijab in solidarity with Muslims.
“I don't love my Muslim neighbor because s/he is American. I love my Muslim neighbor because s/he deserves love by virtue of her/his human dignity,” Hawkins said in the post.
The professor says as part of the Advent season, she will wear the hijab “to work at Wheaton College, to play in Chi-town, in the airport and on the airplane to my home state… and at church.”
“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book… and as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God,” the professor wrote.
Hawkins notes that she checked first with the Council on American Islamic Relations to make sure it was not offensive in any way for non-Muslim women to wear the hijab and she invites other women to join her effort as a way to express support and unity.