Islamophobia: Tales of 2 Christian Universities

Two weeks ago, Dr. Larycia Hawkins was suspended by American Evangelic Wheaton College for supporting America’s 7-11 million-strong Muslim community victimized by pro-Israel Judeo-Christian mafia. Hawkins urged other Christian women to wear Islamic Hijab during this Christmas season in support of their Muslim sisters. She told them it’s their moral duty because both Christians and Muslim worship the same God. The Wheaton College management couldn’t digest this claim.

The freedom to wear a head scarf as a gesture of care and compassion for individuals in Muslim or other religious communities that may face discrimination or persecution is afforded to Dr. Hawkins as a faculty member of Wheaton College. Yet her recently expressed views, including that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, appear to be in conflict with the College’s Statement of Faith,” said the College statement issued on December 22, 2015.

After reading Canadian professor Julie Macfarlane’s story, at age 16, when her pastor asked her to perform oral sex on him to please Biblical God (here) – I had to agree with Wheaton’s Evangelic bishops that Christians do worship a different God than Muslims’ Allah.

On December 10, 2015, Julie Sullivan, president of Catholic University of St. Thomas in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, in a statement expressed solidarity with the local Muslim community.

At a time of deeply troubling anti-Muslim political rhetoric in American society, we at the University of St. Thomas reiterate our welcome to Muslims as members of our community, our gratitude for the many contributions that Muslims make to our community, and our unwavering support especially for our many Muslim students,” she said.

Muslims, Jews and Christians have common roots of their faith in their father, Abraham.  Nevertheless, no matter what our sameness or our differences, the inherent dignity of all people is a constitutive tenet of our Catholic tradition and teaching,” she added. That reminds me my pastor at the Catholic Mission, who once told me that reaching Allah and God is like climbing Mount Everest. Each climber takes different route believing his is the shortest one.

In 2007, under pressure from the Jewish lobby, St. Thomas University, then president Rev. Dennis Dease cancelled an invitation to South Africa’s former Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his support for Palestinian struggle.

On November 24, 2015, Fredericton-born Lyse Doucet, BBC’s chief international correspondent delivered a lecture in journalism at St. Thomas. She was declared anti-Semite by the UK’s Jewish Lobby as result of producing an hour-long documentary, Children of the Gaza War, released in July 2015. In the documentary, she used word Israelis to describe the foreign occupiers of Palestine instead of Jews. Ms Doucet stood by her decision because the word Jew is unknown in Arabic language. The people who follow Moses Law, are known Yahud since the time of Christ. Israeli historian, Dr. Shlomo Sand, in his book, The Invention of Jewish People, also confirms that the word Jew was invented only a century ago. Watch the documentary below.

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