Officials of a suburban Chicago Christian college has begun efforts to fire a political science professor who was placed on leave after saying Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Telephone calls to Wheaton College for comment on the decision weren't immediately returned Tuesday. However, a statement on the school's website says Provost Stanton Jones has initiated a termination-for-cause proceeding regarding Larycia Hawkins.
The action follows efforts by college officials and Hawkins to work out their differences. The private evangelical school says those efforts have reached an impasse. The college has said it placed Hawkins on leave last month because of statements she made on social media about similarities between Islam and Christianity.
A spokeswoman for Hawkins did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment on the college's decision.