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US Professor, College Parting Ways After Islam-Christianity Comments

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Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 6, 2016.

Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 6, 2016.

A U.S. college professor who wore a headscarf in solidarity with Muslims is leaving the Christian college where she taught, after a dispute over comments she made linking Islam and Christianity.

Wheaton College and associate professor Larycia Hawkins issued a joint statement Saturday saying they are parting ways after reaching a "confidential agreement."

The statement said both had a commitment to respectful dialogue with people of other faiths or no faith and those who are marginalized because of their religious beliefs.

In a December 10 Facebook posting, Hawkins, who is a Christian, said she stands in solidarity with Muslims because they "are people of the book" and "worship the same God."

The college said both faiths were monotheistic, but that it believed there were fundamental differences between them.

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