Wednesday, December 16, 2015


It is Advent, the season in which we await the birth of Jesus. My MA alma mater has placed a professor on administrative leave. She decided to where a hijab in support of Muslim brothers and sisters. Really, Wheaton, really?

I can’t help but think
The hijab worn
In Wheaton hallways
Inspired fear,
Brought immediate response
Just as much as those airplanes
In New York,
At the Pentagon,
In that Pennsylvania field.
A simple headscarf
Worn for Advent
Brought a more immediate response
Than the impending
Birth of Jesus
A tiny baby,
Already King of the Universe.
He came to hold
All of our hands,
So we,
All of us,
Would know
No fear.

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