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Why Wheaton College wants to fire a professor for her comments on Muslims




The cross of the the Maronite cathedral of Saint Georges is seen side by side along with the minaret of Moahmmed al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut on January 4, 2010.
The cross of the the Maronite cathedral of Saint Georges is seen side by side along with the minaret of Moahmmed al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut on January 4, 2010.
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CHICAGO (AP) - The professor of a Christian college who asserted Christians and Muslims worship the same God said Wednesday that her views are in line with the suburban Chicago college's mission and disputed university accounts of interactions with administrators who've taken steps to fire her.

Larycia Hawkins, who's Christian, was placed on leave at Wheaton College in December after posting her views on Facebook. She also wore a headscarf to show solidarity with Muslims.

College officials said her views were inconsistent with the college's "doctrinal convictions." On Tuesday, they said she refused to participate in further conversations about theological issues and initiated termination-for-cause proceedings.  

However, Hawkins said she tried to reconcile with university officials during a news conference Wednesday at a downtown Chicago church where she received backing from religious leaders, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

With Files from Associated Press.

Guest:

David Albertson, associate professor of religion at USC’s Dornsife College

Jihad Turk, founding president of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school at the Claremont School of Theology