Women who love the Hijab

Voluntary submission is one thing. This isn't it.

Officials at Wheaton College in Illinois said yesterday that they will proceed with the firing of Larycia Hawkins, a professor who was placed on administrative leave in December because of “theological statements that seem inconsistent with Wheaton College’s doctrinal convictions.”

Apparently Dr. Hawkins refused to clarify comments she made which indicate her “religious solidarity” with Muslims.


For the life of me, I can’t figure out why this is such a big story.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Dr. Hawkins was asked to affirm the college’s statement of faith four times since she started teaching at Wheaton 9 years ago, and yet the College confirms that administrators have had frank conversations with Dr. Hawkins since, related to her behavior and perspectives which appear to be different than that of her employer.

So what’s the big deal?  Wheaton is a Christian school.  They have beliefs and standards.  If Dr. Hawkins doesn’t like the beliefs and standards, then why is she working there?  And if she chooses to oppose the standards, even the statements she herself has read and signed, then I can’t imagine it’s a shock that she’s being considered for termination.

Ah, but here’s the real reason why it’s a story:  Dr Larycia Hawkins began to wear a hijab to show solidarity with Muslims, who she felt were being persecuted in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting and the terror attacks in paris.  According to Fox News, she told reporters that her actions were motivated by a desire to live out her faith. “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims, because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis said last week, we worship the same God.”

I’m not even going to get into the Pope’s actual quote and the context of it, nor do I have time to refute the vacuous claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God (can this woman be a professor at a Christian college and not have read the Bible and the Koran?), but I can say one thing for sure:

This new wave of female love for the hijab is disturbing to me.

 You feel as if the Muslim community is under fire for acts of terrorism?  And you want to express support for peace-loving Muslims? Great.  I’m all for it.  Every Muslim is not a violent Muslim.  HOWEVER, wearing the hijab is something different, quite different, than giving your Muslim friends a pat on the back.

Dr Larycia Hawkins from Wheaton College chooses to wear the hijab.  She’s a professional woman, in a free country, who can choose how to dress and what to say and at which of her employers to snub her nose.  What a luxury.  What freedom of expression. The only problem is that the vast majority of Muslim women enjoy none of those things. 

The hijab, for most females on the planet, is required headgear, a creation of men for the purpose of female subjugation. 

It’s a sign of submission, and hey, I’m all for voluntary submission because it’s something every human has to do, and should do.  But this sign, this hijab, is FORCED SUBMISSION, which is different.  This head covering is a demand, a regulation, a sentence imposed on women by men around the world.  A statement that women shouldn’t be seen, shouldn’t be revealed, that they should be marked and controlled and mastered by the men in their society.

And as the self-proclaimed defenders of women worldwide, how has the American left responded?  Somehow they’ve found a way to embrace the hijab as some kind of in-your-face progressivism.  It’d be laughable, if it wasn’t so ignorant. Leftist American women are so concerned with distancing themselves from the simple American commoner, they've willingly clothed themselves in the costume created by the most radical misongynists alive. It’s irony in the extreme.

For every American Muslim woman who chooses the hijab, I say go for it.  You’re in a free country, you can wear what you want, when you want.  That’s your right of expression and I support it.  But for non-Muslims who wear it because it makes you feel edgy and progressive?  Go read a book on Sharia law & its regulations for women and maybe you’ll feel differently.






Kathy EmmonsComment