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Dr. Tengatenga spoke to me about his inspiring life of service to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, especially victims of HIV-AIDS. In passionate terms, he described his commitment to gay rights and how he has worked to support the LGBTQ community in Malawi in the ways that are most effective, given the country’s cultural context.
However, following much reflection and consultation with senior leaders at Dartmouth, it has become clear to me that Dr. Tengatenga’s past comments about homosexuality and the uncertainty and controversy they created have compromised his ability to serve effectively as dean of Tucker.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. James Tengatenga is not only a recently resigned bishop in Malawi, he’s chair of the Anglican Consultative Council and senior bishop in the Province of Central Africa. He was not considered hostile to LGBT&c concerns, and was praised by no less than the UK’s Changing Attitude (pro-LGBT&c) lobby. But he’s not good enough to sit on the board of some foundation because of “past comments,” which probably means he wasn’t a radical activist for all things LGBT&c in Africa. He’s part of that “context” that’s barely moved from “animism to superstition.”
Just what is the William Jewett Tucker Foundation supposed to be about?
The William Jewett Tucker Foundation educates Dartmouth students for lives of purpose and ethical leadership, rooted in service, spirituality, and social justice.
Fighting AIDS, developing literacy, advancing sustainable farming for women, trying to help broker negotiations for the politically hounded church in Zimbabwe, dealing with culture clash in a global church - none of that is useful to a search for “lives of purpose and ethical leadership, rooted in service, spirituality and social justice” if some rainbow flag waving moonbats use their federal loan subsidized existence to shriek at panicky college administrations.
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