Video and news coverage of my speech at the event:
“DuPage United’s Solidarity Campaign is intended to create a counter-narrative, replacing “us” and “them” with “we the people.” Much of islamophobia is based on misinformation and fear of the unknown. The one-to-one conversations for the launch event on Feb 28 are meant to build small bridges of understanding…
We want to make clear the shared American values that bind us into “we”. Over the course of this campaign, we hope to build a critical mass that will be able to push back against political hate talk. This is vital especially as the election campaign goes into full swing… Developing interfaith voices starts by talking one-to-one, with each other. Together, we can speak out in solidarity and, in unison, overcome hate and fear.” (http://dupageunited.org/events/2016/2/28/stand-together-dupage-with-your-muslim-neighbor)
Medill News Service Coverage
This evening included “…a public conversation between Dr. Larycia Hawkins, formerly a professor of political science at Wheaton College, and Ahmed Rehab, the executive director of the Chicago office of the Council on American and Islamic Relations.
The conversation (was) moderated by Dr. David Dault, executive director of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club.
If you have been following the recent controversy around Professor Hawkins, you are aware it began in part with a quotation, attributed to Pope Francis, that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Dr. Hawkins used this quotation as an explanation for a public act of “embodied solidarity” with Muslims, by choosing – as a Christian – to wear a headscarf during the season on Advent.
Our conversation (took) the Pope’s claim as a starting point, to explore both the criticisms and the possibilities that follow from it. We…also discuss(ed) the history of Christian public witness, and the relationship in America between majority and minority religions.(www.eventbrite.com/e/the-same-god-dr-larycia-hawkins-and-ahmed-rehab-in-conversation-at-the-chicago-temple-tickets-21498129484)
“CAIR-Chicago was also happy to welcome honorary guest and former Wheaton Christian College Professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins, who addressed the Muslim community for the first time and received a touching extended standing ovation. She emphasized the importance of “embodied solidarity.””