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Another Tengatenga Recommendation

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Addendum: A member of the Dartmouth staff writes in:

These recent letters are very persuasive. However, I couldn’t agree with you more that the bishop MUST be direct, clear and forthright in his conversations if/when he returns to campus — if not sooner. He needs to acknowledge that some of his past statements were hurtful, even dangerous, and he needs to say that he unequivocally rejects them — no matter what the reasons were for him making them at the time. And I am not the one he must convince — it is the students, those who have felt most directly threatened by this choice.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

In the letter in support of Bishop Tengatenga today, were there other signatories? It refers to “undersigned human rights organizations,” but the letterhead is just the Center for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education, with the board listed at the bottom of the page. If Bishop Tengatenga really opposed anti-gay legislation in Malawi, why is there no record of his public statements or actions? Why not get an endorsement from respected NGOs like Human Rights Watch? I think that Katie Wheeler’s editorial in today’s D was right on point.


The search committee clearly did not do any due diligence, and my sense is that everyone is scrambling to defend a decision. I find it odd that the search committee did not include any student representatives involved with Tucker, or from its staff or its Board of Visitors,. I cannot recall another instance of a search committee with no representatives on it from the institution affected by the search.

It is easy in what seems to me clearly orchestrated letters of support to compare Bishop Tengatenga to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others who have spoken out, but the fact remains that they have spoken out and Bishop Tengatenga has not until his recent statements.

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