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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. David

    He is a hateful, shameless, partisan hypocrite. So happy such an awful person got caught after all his failures as a scholar / thinker. I don't know who could take such a person seriously. Good for him. Now go back to your wife dinesh.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  2. felix el gato

    Another Republican hypocrite.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  3. Bob

    What comes around goes around. This guy spends all this time making a movie bashing Obama. Well, guess he got bashed right back, and right out of a job!.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  4. dave

    Strange how many claim to have no belief yet are giddy when they see someone fall. Jesus was the only one that did not fall, the rest of us are simply human and prone to failures. To cheer someones failures is not a very good character trait.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • TeddyN

      Why do you feel it is right for a so called Christian to bash someone with hate but not OK for someone to condemn him for being 2 faced. If he was such a great Christian, his wife would not have ditched him

      October 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Bubbatuba pus

      @dave: would you please advise mr D'Souza of what you said, he sure goes after people in the most shameless ways, and slimy on top of it. I have seen him in several live panel discussions, he is anything but stellar.

      The difference is this: these other people, I included, who laugh about Dinesh's resignation, we don't go around and tell other people what 'values' we should adhere to, we don't tell them the only value system is a christian one. We don't go around holier than the pope, as mr. former college president D'Souza does . Serves him right.
      Now he can commiserate with the likes of Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Bill Bennett.

      October 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  5. The Truth

    He looks like an Indian Mr. Bean...

    October 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  6. lindaluttrell

    You got caught...man up!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  7. JFCanton

    Is it even appropriate, for evangelicals, to have a leader who is seeking a divorce?

    October 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  8. Bill55

    I must remind Evangelicals that Jesus believed in a Social Democracy (aka Socialism). The exact opposite that Evangelicals truly believe in their hearts. Hypocracy at its finest!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm |

    • hypocrisy

      October 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Buhay

      He taught holiness and love. That's much, much different from socialism piecemealed from Scripture by whitewashed walls.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • JFCanton

      There's also no reason why "socialism" is incompatible with evangelical religion. It doesn't happen to be in vogue in this particular place and time, that's all.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • thedoubter

      are you saying that the existence of Jesus is real?
      Are you saying that what he said is the word of God?

      If not, that might just make you a troll.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  9. Bill55

    Sorry Jed, but the Old Testament is chock full of hate and hypocracy, including stoning your non virgin wife. People should not require a manual on good behavior. Good vs. evil is easy, but with a manual like the OT, it's easy to stray into evil. I, myself have lots of faith, but I do fine without organized religion picking my pocket weekly!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • JFCanton

      No, its not easy. See: Nazi Germany, Bolshevist Russia.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  10. fritz

    He got one thing right. We secular atheist, agnostic and humanist heathens ARE watching you! Beware the silent majority!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  11. blackhawkmom

    "King’s prides itself on being a new intellectual and urban face of evangelicalism,". Intellectual evangelicalism – funny.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Bill55

      Int.Ev.? So this seems to imply that 'till today, most evangelicals are less than intelligent? The teabillies have proven that for a few years now. If they could only separate themselves from the racist hate propaganda next, they might actually get somewhere.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  12. jesus saves

    everybody sins and the consequences for spiritual leaders sin are even greater...that is what i think.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  13. Jesse

    A Pharisee and a tax collector went to the Temple to pray. The tax collector fell to his knees and wailed, "Oh Lord, forgive me, for I am so full of sin! I have done so many evil things. I am sorry." The Pharisee prayed, "Dear Lord, thank you for making me a righteous man, unlike like that tax collector. I am so glad that I am nothing like him, and do not have any sins against me."

    Guess who came out of the Temple right with the Lord? And, though I'm paraphrasing, guess who told this parable (hint).

    Christianity is not a judgmental religion.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Bill55

      So if that is the case, why do Xtians insist that atheists are sinners and going to hell? We are ALL sinners, correct? Then logically, ALL of us are going the same way. But I am sure Xtians will spin this to THEIR liking!

      October 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Busta Perfecto

      The parabel is fine and well known.
      Your conclusion is so hairbrained, it's pretty clear that you don't understand the meaning behind the story.
      Xtianity not judgmental? I hardly know a more judgmental religion. The more you go towards evangelism and conservative catholicism and fundamentalism, the more judgmental it gets.
      Your statement : we are not like them, is exactly what the pharisee said in the temple. The waste of digital characters. grrrr

      October 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  14. louis

    Another holier than thou do what I say not what I do bites the dust......

    October 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  15. Clevershrew

    Just goes to show – Before you point out the splinter in another's eye, remove the plank from yours first.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  16. East of Eden

    Clean up your own house c.o.o.n.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Veritas

      There's plenty to say about this hypocritic without making racist remarks.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Veritas

      hypocrit even

      October 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Veritas

      hypocrite. no more typing for me today

      October 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  17. NotAChristian

    I find it so amusing when a holier-than-thou religious zealot gets burned by the very same intolerance he or she indoctrinates others into. No one other than his peer religious zealots really cares that this guy has a "girlfriend" while he's still technically married to his separated wife. Given that they are separated, I doubt his wife even gives a flying fig who he sleeps with. What goes around comes around, and if you spew hate towards others, it will eventually come back to bite you.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • jed

      The so called holier than thou notion you throw out is a perception that many non-Christians derive in their minds when they think someone they have encountered gives the image of being better than his fellow man. What about the wealthy non Chrisitan that looks down his nose at those that are not in his social status? The Ph.D's that practice snobbery. To get a true perspective of Chrisitan life, I challenge you to read the life of Jesus in the Bible and look at His principles. I doubt you can then come to the conclusion that Christianity is about spewing hatred. Yes, there are those that fall under the umbrellas of religion who are in left field. But look at the principles, not the people.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  18. CosmicC

    "Divorce rates among conservative Christians were significantly higher than for other faith groups, and much higher than Atheists and Agnostics experience." – http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_dira.htm
    Just saying....

    October 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • batjones

      Yes – It appears that evangelical Christians have a hard time turnig the other cheek out of forgiveness, for their mate's mistakes.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  19. Keith

    As soon as Christians quit being holier than thou and become what they were mandated to be by their prophet Jesus then these kinds of things will not be a problem.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  20. robCM

    Good bye hypocrite!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
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