Larycia Hawkins, a Christian who is wearing a hijab over Advent in solidarity with Muslims, attends service at St. Martin Episcopal Church in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2015.
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January 7, 2016 9:29 AM EST

Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins spoke out to thank supporters and say she is “not intimidated” by the proceedings that may lead to her termination from her position.

Hawkins could be fired for comments she made last month about how Christians and Muslims pray to the same God. She also wore a hijab to a December church service.

Wheaton officials have said her views are “inconsistent” with the Christian college’s Statement of Faith, and put her on leave with pay in December. The news has sparked backlash from those who support her positions on tolerance and freedom of speech.

“Wheaton College cannot scare me into walking away from the truth that all humans — Muslims, the vulnerable, the oppressed of any ilk — are all my sisters and brothers and I am called by Jesus to walk with them in their oppression,” Hawkins said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Hawkins also said a school official told her in a meeting that the “best-case scenario” for her to return to the school would include two years, without tenure, of intensive dialogue about her views.


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