Wheaton College to name scholarship after ex-professor

CHICAGO (AP) -- A suburban Chicago Christian college will create a scholarship named for a former political science professor who asserted Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1SgCThy ) that Wheaton College officials made the announcement Wednesday in Chicago with Larycia Hawkins. The school was moving to fire her until it announced Saturday that it and Hawkins reached a confidential agreement to part ways. The endowed scholarship will be for peace and conflict studies.

Hawkins also wore a hijab, the headscarf worn by some Muslim women, to counter what she called "vitriolic" rhetoric against Muslims.

Meanwhile in Wheaton on Wednesday about two dozen Hawkins supporters announced they were launching a nationwide fast. Hawkins has tearfully praised her students and said they demonstrated "embodied solidarity."

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