The student who inspired a Wheaton College professor to don a headbag in solidarity with Muslims has gotten about a dozen students to wear the traditional Muslim supremacist head coverings on their flights home in hopes of experiencing what they consider to be ‘unfair discrimination against Muslims’ at airports. Not to worry, cupcake, the politically correct TSA agents give Muslims a pass, while white grandmothers and small children in wheelchairs are subjected to enhanced screening.
Canmua Karly Bothman, 20, of Eugene, Ore., said the lessons she learned this fall from Larycia Hawkins, the political science professor suspended this week for saying Muslims and Christians have the same God, have inspired her to fight for the rights of those who are oppressed, including refugees and her Muslim neighbors.
Bothman and other women flying home for the holidays will wear the headbag all day, in the airports and on the airplane. She said airports seemed like the appropriate venue because of the increased scrutiny Muslims get when they travel. “There will definitely be aspects that will be uncomfortable for us,” she said.
“We’re trying to stand against Islamophobia and seek justice in that regard, so I think that airports are a place where that is maybe more visible.”
Hawkins also has planned to wear her hijab on a flight home to Oklahoma, where voters in 2010 overwhelmingly approved a ban on Shariah, or Islamic law. A court later ruled it unconstitutional.
On Dec. 10, Hawkins, a tenured political science professor, announced on Facebook she would don the hijab to show support for Muslims who have been under scrutiny since mass shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” she wrote in her Facebook post. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
Evangelical Christians said her statement should have spelled out what makes Christianity distinct from Islam. Not doing so put her in conflict with the statement of faith that all Wheaton faculty must sign and live out, they said.
The suspension, effective immediately and expected to last through the spring semester, sparked protests on the campus from students, calling for Hawkins’ reinstatement and an apology from the college. (Don’t hold your breath)
Prior to her decision, Hawkins sought the advice of the Chicago chapter of the designated terrorist group Council on American Islamic Relations to ensure she wouldn’t offend Muslims.
“It is an act of human solidarity meant to be rooted in the Christian ideal of compassion — to stand with American Muslims who are the victims of this current backlash of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry,” said Ahmed Rehab, executive director of CAIR’s Chicago chapter. “We are grateful to Karly and her classmates for standing in solidarity with Muslims and admire the courage and compassion that act takes in the current climate.”
Bothman said when she sees her family for the first time in more than a month, her long brown hair will be covered with a brown or light blue scarf. “My parents know I’m going to have one on when I get off so they won’t be surprised,” she said. “They’re really proud.”