Was Wheaton College right in suspending Dr. Larycia Hawkins for violating the Christian college's Statement of Faith and Educational Purpose? Yes, they were.
Now they need to fire her.
Some in the media are trying to make this about Islamophobia or about the hijab Dr. Hawkins, a supposedly Christian professor, is sporting during advent to "express love and solidarity" with her Muslim brothers and sisters.
Hawkins penned this Facebook gem on December 10:
"I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book," she posted Dec. 10 on Facebook. "And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God."
What book, Dr. Hawkins? The Quran?
Newsflash to Dr. Hawkins: The Quran and the Holy Bible are not the same "book."
Wheaton College was equally disturbed by Hawkins' post. "While Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths, including what they teach about God's revelation to humanity, the nature of God, the path to salvation and the life of prayer," the college said in a statement.
But the biggest problem with Dr. Hawkins is what she is really doing at Wheaton College.
Both my parents were teachers. I can tell you - this person is NOT a teacher.
Why? Because she doesn't teach her students. She radicalizes them.
I checked Dr. Hawkins' social media accounts. They are littered with articles and statements about Islam, prejudice against Muslims, Black Lives Matter, police brutality, the Mizzou controversy, and a photo of Hawkins and a student wearing "solidarity" hijabs.
Yet not once did I see any mention or any prayers or thoughts for the victims of San Bernadino or their families in any of Hawkins' social media statements.
She could not spare a Christian prayer for the victims of the violent jihadist shooters. Did she consider acknowledging the victims an act of Islamophobia?
Her Facebook post on December 12th answers the question. She writes: "A call to stop referring to ISIS and other terrorist groups as Islamic" and links to an article about Muslim clerics.
I also checked the social media accounts of several Wheaton College students, Carter and Wyatt Harms, who are named in news outlets as supporters of Dr. Hawkins.
Mixed in with the silly prattle about Barack Obama's favorite Kendrick Lamar song, the brothers are immersed in the same radical leftist prattle and preening as Dr. Hawkins.
In her Twitter account, Hawkins praises the fair-haired brothers for their Wheaton Tide blog, featuring an article called, "Wheaton Stands with Mizzou."
The whiny blog is littered with articles like, "Black Lives Matter: What if I'm White."
Here's a sample:
Prior to attending Wheaton College, I had never approached the conversation on race and had experienced very little interaction with minorities on a daily basis. Upon arriving at Wheaton, I was quickly quickly exposed to the issues of race and discrimination in the church, at Wheaton College (gasp), and throughout the Christian community in America.
My first emotion was guilt, the kind often referred to as “White Guilt.” For nearly a year I wrestled with resentment towards God and my parents for my privileged upbringing, one that was lacking in racial diversity, sensitivity, and awareness. Without a certain background, or information and vocabulary, I felt unequipped to engage the issue, and I was unable to reconcile and recognize my value and voice in a movement that I now viewed as overwhelmingly important.
The Wheaton Tide tweeted out the article with a picture of a Black Lives Matter protest and this quote from the blog, "Wheaton needs radical change and that can only come through the mobilization of students."
Really? Where do you think they got that idea from?
But, again, not one word or one prayer from these Wheaton College students about the victims of the San Bernadino shooters. No student demonstrations against jihadist hatred or anti-Christian bigotry shared on social media. No candles or words or moments of silence. No posts against the atrocities committed against Christians in the Middle East.
Not one word.
I'm not sure what religion Dr. Hawkins believes in but I don't think its a Christian one.
Instead of radicalizing and mobilizing students, Dr. Hawkins, a political science professor, should have been teaching them American political history, comparative politics, and international relations. How about teaching them Rousseau or discussing Plato's Republic?
The question for me is not whether or not Dr. Hawkins should be suspended or fired. The question is why did Wheaton College hire her in the first place.