By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
(CNN) – Conservative writer and activist Dinesh D’Souza, who attracted wide attention with his recent anti-Obama film “2016: Obama’s America,” resigned Thursday as president of a Christian college in New York after questions were raised about his marriage.
D’Souza had led The King’s College, a small but prestigious evangelical school in Manhattan, for the past two years.
His departure appeared to be set in motion by an article on the website of the evangelical magazine World that accused D’Souza, who is married, of sharing a hotel room with a woman whom he allegedly referred to as his “fiancé” at a Christian conference.
D’Souza has denied the allegations in the article, published Tuesday, and said he has been separated from his wife for two years and is in the process of getting a divorce.
“I am grateful for the past two years that I have spent as president of The King’s College. But now it is time to move on,” D’Souza said in a statement Thursday. “My resignation will enable The King’s College to go forward without distraction.
“And it will also enable me to address personal matters in my life as well as to pursue new opportunities made possible by success of my recent book and film,” said the statement, which was posted on his personal website.
D’Souza issued an in-depth rebuttal of the World article on the Fox News website on Wednesday. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.
“I met Denise three months ago,” D’Souza wrote in his rebuttal, referring to the woman mentioned in the World article. “We are not and have not been having an affair. Nor did we share a hotel room in Charlotte."
On Thursday, The King’s College board issued a statement about accepting D’Souza’s resignation.
“After careful consultation with the Board and with Dinesh, we have accepted his resignation to allow him to attend to his personal and family needs,” the college said in a letter to alumni.
“We thank him for his service and significant contribution to the College over the last two years."
The D’Souza flap has pitted two high-profile evangelical institutions – The King’s College and World magazine – against each other
King’s prides itself on being a new intellectual and urban face of evangelicalism, training Christians for careers in media, government and business and regularly attracting high-profile speakers like Mike Huckabee and the conservative editor Adam Bellow.
World is an intellectual bastion of American evangelicalism, edited by former George W. Bush adviser Marvin Olasky, who is also the former provost at The King’s College.
In his rebuttal, D’Souza said Olasky “vehemently opposed” his appointment as president at King’s and was using World magazine to “continue his vendetta.”
“Ultimately this is not just about Olasky or even World magazine,” D’Souza wrote. “It is also about how we Christians are supposed to behave with one another. And the secular world is watching.
“If my conduct was improper, wouldn’t it be the decent and charitable thing to approach me about it?” he continued. “Instead, here is a clear attempt to destroy my career and my ministry.”
Olasky did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday. World magazine said on its website that its board of directors inserted prayers for King's and for D'Souza into the minutes of its meeting on Thursday.
"All-too-frequent reports of the sinful failing of our accomplished leaders bring us no joy," the prayer said, in part. "Instead, the searching light of your Holy Word illumines our hearts and minds to our own flaws and failures."
Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !
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Gravity is not up for debate !
BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !
Einstein's Gravity Theory Passes Toughest Test Yet..............................E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas.
Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before
Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.
The Big question is ETHICS ! does religion have any ?
The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species
Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.
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Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young
And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !
From Soup to Cells—the Origin of Life
the wrong path is Adam and Eve !
Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought
Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.
No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US
Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.
No god(s) needed................... Old. DNA works..................also catches crooks !
Ancient DNA Reveals Europe's Dynamic Genetic History
Apr. 23, 2013 — Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7,500 years old has been used to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of modern Europe.
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The fact...............the earth is to old for this nonsemse ! Time to EVOLVE !
Ancient Earth Crust Stored in Deep Mantle
Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.
For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !
Learning is fun with facts.......................... and facts work when teaching children.
Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’
Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
bears his name as the “God particle.”
Pope praises science, but insists God created world updated Thur October 28, 2010
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NASA: Mars could have supported life
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The ORIGIN story is bullsh-it...............so is the bible............... nasty !
Scientists have unearthed the first direct signs of cheesemaking, at a site in Poland that dates back 7,500 years.
BBC. Planet of the Apemen. Battle for Earth 1. Ho-mo Erectus
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Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'
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Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a "delusion," one world-renowned physicist – Albert Einstein – was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.
“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends,” Einstein wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. "No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”
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The fact...............the earth is to old ...........time to EVOLVE !.
Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.
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Quoting the Lord Jesus:
"Let him that is without sin among you cast the first stone. "
And one by one, the Pharisees and Saduccees departed sans casting.
Self-righteousness is among the worst of evils, because it sets self up as judge/jury/executioner. if the shoe fits . . you know the rest.
My late grandmother was a devout Christian, and I remember her saying, "The army of Christ is the only army in the world that buries its wounded."
Huh ? When did JC had and army ?
You goofed. You forgot to change to one of your aliases before answering. Ooops.
Funny how you use bible scriptures to describe the GOP while the democrats believe in gay marriage, murder of unborn, and then you have BILL CLINTON, really...do you wanna cast the first stone.
Speaking of Bible scriptures, you might want to read the Bible.
The word "abortion" is not in it. It is NEVER discussed.
This is even juicier than the article lets on.
Big Love at King’s College: D'Souza's Mistress Was Also Married
According to the article:
D’Souza, who told Christianity Today that “he did not know that Christians generally do not approve of engagements prior to divorces being finalized,” is engaged to Denise Odie Joseph II (sic) and married to his wife. ....
Denise Odie Joseph II was known as Denise Odie back in 2010 when she was in law school. She created a new Facebook account on December 30, 2011 under the name Denise Odie Joseph II and said she got married that day.
The article does not mention if Mrs Joseph got divorced in the last 10 months. It would appear not.
Dinish is well at home with the GOP crowd "For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre" (ps.5:9), but God is "not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness" (ps.5:5) and so although Dinish and by extension the GOP don't care who they hurt with their lies and behind the scenes dirty tactics like that silly film, they are cautioned not to include the name of God in their wickedness.
Pot, meet Kettle!
Eh, I tol' you guys, "He who has no sin can cast the first stone" Seriously, you know if you live in a glass house, you should not throw stones at all, EEEeeeddiots! An' another thing, about that glass house you put up for yourself, sometimes it hails man, sometimes it hails! Signed, Jesús
If there are any authentic Christians still living, where are they? Jimmy Carter? Maybe. Billy Graham? Used to be. All that remains are a lot of phony, hysterical, frightened people that have no anchor for their conscience and want to blame free thinkers.
Well said. Couldn't have put it better myself
This allegation that Dinesh D'Souza had an affair is just that, a lie. Who is the women and where is the proof? Dinesh D'Souza was an honest accurate story of Obama. Obama wrote all about his life and his friends himself so how can you call it a lie. Dinesh D'Souza took his time to interview the friends and Obama's brother, they were honest interview and it fleshed out just who and what Obama is and intends to do to America. If you don't watch this movie or read his books then you do not want to know the real Obama, or you want a communistic America. Please see this movie!
D'Souza ADMITTED being involved with this woman. He just doesn't "get" that even when separated, you're still married, and that in evangelical right wing circles, divorce is frowned upon. After all, according to the Bible, God hates divorce. So in short, D'Souza did in fact have an affair. You can't be married and "engaged" at the same time and it not be infidelity.
Communism is so 80's now. I think there are much better words that your can select to peddle fear, how about Terrorism or Climate Change?
D’Souza looks like the most evil and trash person in the world to me
Just curious – was that aimed at anyone in particular, or is it an example of e-Tourettes ?
" destroy my career and my ministry.”
So D'Souza goes against his (former ) college and the christian World magazine by resorting to his rebuttal via the Fox -lying- news network. Wow.
And he doesn't seem to have any quarrels to destroy other peoples' careers with his slick slime proganda. But "his ministry"?
Has he been ordained then? Will he be god's spokesperson? Will he be dog in the near future? I can't wait.
This whole things is most likely a publicity stunt. He has become invisible after his little flash on his cheesy film. Must be a book in the works? He's a snake.
“We are not and have not been having an affair. Nor did we share a hotel room in Charlotte."
Then D'Souza should have any reason to resign. He could simply present the hotel bills for two different rooms, etc...
Oh, wait, he was seen entering and leaving the same room with that lady.
Oh, an evangelical magazine reporter outed the story (no secular / atheist conspiracy here...)
Oh, wait, even King's college students were unhappy having him as president with only a bachelor's degree.
D'Souza is now free to commiserate with the likes of Newt, Herman Cain and Bill Bennett about the decline of "family values" and moral standards on the rightwing, conservative fundamentalist side of society... Oh my.
*ooops, "then D'Souza should NOT have any reason to resign... sorry.
I saw D'Souza in a few life panel debates and came away shaking my head at how this guy twists view points around to make them fit his agenda. Message to Dinesh: just quoting Plato does NOT make you a scholar or even a passable debater.
And I don't think he even has the intellectual capacity to get a real academic degree at a properly accredited university. (no offense to people who hold a B.A. Those people are not going around selling themselves as social philosophers and intellectual leaders.)
Best news possible for anyone with a King's College degree. It's possible that your diploma will no longer inspire laughter.
Nope, still does, rated just above the free ones you can download and print yourselves.
He looks like Benny Hinn...He sounds like Benny Hinn..And he smells like Benny Hinn...It's like the Middle Ages..ridiculous..
Can some please pass the ketchup to the righties; they're going to have to eat this one.
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