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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

Filed under: Christianity • Education • Leaders

soundoff (431 Responses)
  1. bill

    These folks are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites trying to pervert Christianity for their own gains and political purposes. D’Souza, Olasky, and the Gop/Tea Party are as religiously upright as the taliban. The GOP and Christianity are mutually exclusive groups/movements and do not even belong in the same sentence.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Tony

      Just goes to show that humanity trumps religion. The (supposedly) religious are just as screwed up as the rest of us.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  2. iceload9

    Sounds like he believes in loving everyone.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  3. Ray Hanania

    What a LOSER! Although she's great looking. So, not all rightwing religious fanatics have bad taste. They just don't want others to enjoy life as freely as they do. His movie sucks, by the way. It's not even as good. Does he deserve all this attention?

    October 19, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  4. DalcassianKnight

    Yes, let's blame Christianity and attack Christians everywhere for what this man did. Christianity must be an evil force and should be stricken forever.

    It's OK when atheists commit adultery. We won't comment on the Jewish people because they're protected and Buddhists, well, they can do whatever they like. We dare not mention the Muslims. All these people who commit heinous acts, well they're just bad people, it has nothing to do with whatever god they choose to worship.

    But when a Christian commits a sinful act, let's attack ALL Christians everywhere and ridicule them for their funny faith.

    PLEASE people. I'm a Christian and I'm a good man. I'm not saying that I'm not a sinner, we're all sinners. But I love my children and I've been happily married to the same woman for 19 years and I've been faithful to her and only her for all that time. I volunteer in my community as a youth soccer coach and I donate money to the needy. there are billions of Christians like me. And yet the hateful and angry hordes of atheists would lump us all together.

    GET A CLUE PEOPLE....stop hating.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • Coma

      So, by "lump us all together" do you mean in similar fashion to the way you lumped atheists together as " hateful and angry hordes"?

      October 19, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Equalit4All

      You want to know why the christians get hated on when stories like this come out??? Because christians are the ones who spread hatred and bigotry about gays when it comes to marriage. Christians hold themselves up on a moral pedestal and feel it is their right to judge and ridicule others. I am an atheist and a gay man and I feel completely justified when I say christians are hypocrites who pick and choose what they want to follow out of their outdated book of lies.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • MannyVeritas

      A non-adulterous life is indeed possible. I've been married 30 years to the same woman. No cheating. Keeping God in the equation has made us even stronger. 3 strands to the cord: You, Spouse, God.

      It works for me.

      As for the bible being a "Book of lies" (another poster), how about this: "A man who lies with another man is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord. His blood will be upon him." AIDS is a disease which travels through the bloodstream. Sounds like the truth from 3500 years ago is still profoundly true. Repent or perish. I choose repent.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Liberal Catholic

      Thank you. It's hard to be a Liberal Catholic, as I am constantly defending my faith. I just wish people would actually come to the Church funtions and see all of the positive social actions taking place (food/clothing drives, medical attention, homeless youth support, etc.). It stinks to have people in the spotlight give us all a bad name.
      PS- I am a pro-choice Catholic on abortion and marriage (minds blown?!?!)

      October 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  5. sarge

    Denise and Dinese....how do they know who is who? And he considers himself an Obama basher?

    October 19, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  6. JohnK

    Another example of a born-again right wing hypocrite.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  7. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    After being separated for 2 years, filing for divorce he's in a new relationship .. so what, nothing wrong with that. It seems he and the college have handled this like reasonable human beings. The only ones with the problem here are the media and those christians who "wrongly" believe they are of higher moral caliber than the rest of humanity.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  8. Dan

    That's the problem with evangelicals, they are so evangelical.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  9. Ambrose Smith

    Isn't divorce forbidden in the Bible? HOW DARE HE?

    October 19, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Brian

      Disclaimer: I'm not a Christian or even a theist. I'm going by what I've read.

      The Bible doesn't categorically condemn divorce. There are exceptions. A cheating spouse is one. An unbelieving spouse who deserts you is another.

      Now, remarriage is another thing altogether. From what I've read, if you're divorced, you cannot (from the perspective of the Bible, anyway) get remarried.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  10. DalcassianKnight

    Frankly, I'm more disturbed by the fact that he looks like Mr. Bean.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      That's the first thing I thought too !

      October 19, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  11. Dan Halen

    "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.'

    These folks are the furthest thing from Christian. Since when do they have the audacity to think they represent all Christians?

    October 19, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  12. DANILLE

    RELIGIOUS PEOPLE NEVER GET ALONG. THEY FIGHT,ARGUE,AND SUE EACH OTHER DAILY

    October 19, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  13. scoobydoo

    welcome to the USA! or go back to India where you can have all the wives you want.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Dick

      I think you meant Utah...

      October 19, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      racist, goon of hook'er mother.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  14. answered

    Bonus hypocrisy: His 'fiancée'? Married. So, the man who has lots of things to say about marriage being one man/one woman, is married to a woman and engaged to a woman...who is married to a different man.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:30 am |
  15. Rational Libertarian

    Next he'll be found blowing a male prost.itute in a dank motel somewhere in the Mid West. There's usually a pattern to this stuff.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • Qmander

      He'll just say "I have asked for forgiveness and God has forgiven me" after wiping his mouth off and all will be right.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:16 am |
    • Nii

      Q
      Its harder to just say that. Ask yourself why you have not said it in a long time.

      October 19, 2012 at 6:57 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Maybe because Q isn't the type of retard who asks fictional characters for forgiveness.

      October 19, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • Dick

      Why would Q say that himself, since he probably doesn't believe ?

      October 19, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • JJ

      I was actually quite surprised this was with a worman instead of another man. Most talibangelical sex scandals are gay related.

      October 19, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  16. Reality

    The more exposure Christianity and other religions get, the more said religions will come under scrutiny.

    Some 21st century scrutiny for the new members of this blog:

    1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    “New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
    prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    earlychristianwritings.com/

    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:
    Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    4. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

    The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

    Current problems:

    The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

    5. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

    "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

    Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

    Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

    Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

    October 18, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      absurdity of a ignorant goon.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • Reality

      Only for the new members of this blog:

      Putting the kibosh on religion to include Islam in less than 10 seconds:

      • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

      • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

      • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

      • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

      • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

      • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

      • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

      Added details available upon written request.

      A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

      e.g. Taoism

      "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

      Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

      October 19, 2012 at 8:14 am |
    • Satan

      I love the choice of reality!

      October 19, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  17. krussell

    Another upstanding and highly moral religious man.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
  18. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    More serious than anything he might do with a stranger in a hotel room, D'Souza proffered Anselm's ontological argument for the existence of God.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  19. Rufus T. Firefly

    At least it wasn't a male prostitute...this time.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  20. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    Hey Hindu Boy are you Democ rat?

    October 18, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      No, not your kind, hindu, ignorant.

      October 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • AvdBergism source of filthyRainerBraendleinism©

      Audacity having name more longer than original. Pagan. Pig dog. NO DOGS!

      October 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
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