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    US Professor, College Parting Ways After Islam-Christianity Comments

    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.
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    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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    by: Hamik C Gregory from: Kings Beach, CA USA
    February 08, 2016 2:13 AM
    It is true! Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same God! Those who fanatically disagree should get their act together!

    by: Jeff Kuryk
    February 08, 2016 12:37 AM
    There is no evidence whatsoever that the supernatural exists. and watching religious people argue about fiction would be humorous if there wasn't so much at stake. To those of you who yearn for the cleansing represented by WWIII please watch the movie "Threads 1984" on Vimeo, look in the mirror and hang your empty heads in shame.

    by: Bob from: USA
    February 07, 2016 3:20 PM
    Oh please... 600 years after Jesus comes this guy in the desert who says, in essence, God changed his mind and the religion the God created was in error. We don't even have to talk about his personal background.
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    by: GregAbdul from: Miami
    February 08, 2016 7:23 AM
    600 years later, God revealed that he is One as He always was and will always be and not the newly invented mysterious three.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 07, 2016 3:04 PM
    It's been centuries since Christians behaved the way some Muslims act today...except in Northern Ireland where it's more about 18 years.

    by: arthur c riley from: United States
    February 07, 2016 12:38 PM
    Actually, it is critical for people to understand that they all worship the exact same God, same Garden,Moses,Abraham. Same God
    Wonder if they find this stressful- I would.

    by: Kate from: NC
    February 07, 2016 12:37 PM
    The professor is correct. We may refer to God by different names, and use different ways to worship Him, but there is only one God. This professor's only mistake was in working for a Christian university.

    by: Katy
    February 07, 2016 12:33 PM
    Now that professor Hawkins is unemployed and loves muslims so much she must go and teach in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Indonesia or other Muslim country and say the same thing she said here in America: " Christianity and Islam worship the same god" and I am sure those peaceful muslims are going to kick her out of their countries, rape her like they did in Cologne Germany or kill her. All of this coming from the religion of peace.

    by: Rose Run from: Pittsburgh
    February 07, 2016 10:09 AM
    This incident is like the Big-Endians and Little-Endians waging war over which end of a hard-boiled egg is the proper one to crack (Gulliver's Travels). So absurd.

    by: ralph from: smith
    February 07, 2016 9:55 AM
    I fail to see the reason for all the uproar.
    She is correct in her statement that the god of the Christian bible and the god of the Muslim Koran are the same god.
    The beliefs and doctrine differ but the god in question is the Abrahamic god and there is no question that. Neither Christian nor Muslim scholars question that fact.
    Oh well, just one more piece of evidence that religion divides rather than unites.

    by: Gally
    February 07, 2016 9:42 AM
    The school is beyond stupid. Her statement is a fact. Jews, Christians, & Muslims worship the same God. The main difference is who's the prophet/messiah in the context of the "who"... yes there's differences between the two religions, but that's missing the entire point.
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