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Dartmouth College rescinds appointment of African prelate to service deanship after concerns about views on gays

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Dartmouth College has rescinded the appointment of a prominent African bishop as dean of a campus institution that focuses on spirituality, service, and social justice because of controversy over his views on homosexuality.

The extraordinary move by Dartmouth’s new president, Philip J. Hanlon, to retract the college’s offer won praise from those who raised concerns about how the appointment would affect gay students on a campus that has struggled with a small but stubborn vein of intolerance. But it left Bishop James Tengatenga of the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi without a job and far out on a limb on gay issues in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality.

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