Dinesh D’Souza resigns as Christian college chief in face of questions about marriage
Dinesh D'Souza on CNN last month.
October 18th, 2012
05:10 PM ET

Dinesh D’Souza resigns as Christian college chief in face of questions about marriage

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."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  2. Robert

    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.

    December 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  3. Joe citizen abroad

    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."

    November 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Huh ? When did JC had and army ?

      November 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Observer


      You goofed. You forgot to change to one of your aliases before answering. Ooops.

      December 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  4. jOHN

    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.

    November 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Observer

      Speaking of Bible scriptures, you might want to read the Bible.

      The word "abortion" is not in it. It is NEVER discussed.

      December 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  5. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    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.

    October 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  6. jayross495

    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.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • Robert

      Pot, meet Kettle!

      December 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  7. Jesus Morales

    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

    October 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  8. cleareye1

    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.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • TomM

      Well said. Couldn't have put it better myself

      November 12, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  9. Carol Jones

    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!

    October 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Jessica Pool

      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.

      October 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • InFormed

      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?

      October 31, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  10. haddish1

    D’Souza looks like the most evil and trash person in the world to me

    October 24, 2012 at 3:25 am |
  11. sue

    shut- UP

    October 23, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Just curious – was that aimed at anyone in particular, or is it an example of e-Tourettes ?

      October 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • InFormed


      October 31, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  12. Bubbatuba pus

    " 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.

    October 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • cleareye1

      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.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  13. Observing the smug rightwing mouthpiece

    “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.

    October 23, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • Observing the smug rightwing mouthpiece

      *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.)

      October 23, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  14. tb46

    Best news possible for anyone with a King's College degree. It's possible that your diploma will no longer inspire laughter.

    October 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • InFormed

      Nope, still does, rated just above the free ones you can download and print yourselves.

      October 31, 2012 at 8:40 am |
  15. David Crosby

    He looks like Benny Hinn...He sounds like Benny Hinn..And he smells like Benny Hinn...It's like the Middle Ages..ridiculous..

    October 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  16. Jef

    Can some please pass the ketchup to the righties; they're going to have to eat this one.

    October 22, 2012 at 10:25 am |
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