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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. Jesus U. Love

    To all ya freakin' hypocrites out there, I say:
    "Let he (she) who is without sin cast the first stone..."
    And:
    "Judge not lest yea be judged."
    And:
    "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

    October 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Dubhly

      there are words of wisdom in all religions, but i would point out that this guy is the one who went about judging people, and he was the one casting stones. As a result of his actions, people are indeed doing to him what he did to others.

      October 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  2. Cyp

    Really ! He is a conservative ? Family values ? High moral standards ? He is just another hypocrite like all the so called conservatives. Mitt Romney too.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  3. GIUK

    LOL

    October 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  4. New Citizen

    Another hypocrite..

    October 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  5. jt35

    God doesn't like ugly... it's called karma- what goes around comes around

    October 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  6. ArthurP

    The motto of the Republican Party:

    Do as I say, not as I do.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  7. Lucian

    That would be a great big "OOOPS." And another hypocrite bites the dust.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • liz

      Wiith another in line to take his place

      October 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  8. Vince

    It wouldn't surprise me if the allegations were true. It's always the ones with the "family agenda" that are the first to get caught with their pants down.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  9. James

    This is called Instant Karma.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  10. RunfortheHills

    An innocent man does not act guilty.

    Yet another conservative hyprocrite bites the dust!

    VOTE FOR JILL STEIN 2012 and send Obama the Warmonger in Chief packing!

    October 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  11. yep

    Oh, I am sure he does not represent REAL christians. LOL

    October 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  12. OTOH

    Yes, the hypocrisy chafes, but that is not the worst of it. It is understandable that people cannot always live up to everything that they think (or think they know) is right.

    A worse offense is the audacity, bluster, braggadocio, etc. of their proclamation of the truth, Truth, TRUTH of their fantasies and superst-itions, without a shred of verified (or even verifiable) evidence. Their arrogance of promulgating certi-tude of the unknown (and perhaps the unknowable) is more abhorrent than the hypocrisy.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  13. Boulderdash Gentile

    People who hate people are in love with their hatred of others especially if it's targetted hatred. Don't ya just love your own hatefulness bull?

    October 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Dazed N. Confused

      Uh, what...?

      October 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  14. boocat

    Another hypocritical "christian." So what else is new?

    October 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Maybe the President can give him a few pointers on having a happy, succesful marriage. Its not enough to read scriptures, you have to try to live the principles you espouse. Perhaps if D'Souza had not been so intent on, for example, fabricating charges against the President and making bad films to put out his opinions/propaganda, he might not have been aswilling to put himself in this position. As it stands, he has no one to blame but himself for this act of hubris.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Boulderdash Gentile

      Hubris commeth before the fall from grace.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  16. paul cos

    HAHA...To use the line from his horrible movie..Love him Hate him..You dont know him.The irony and stupidty of this right wing liar is fantastic.Yet again another conservative comes out of the deviant closet....NEXT!

    October 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  17. He Haw

    As the church lady said ( NOW ISN'T THAT SPECIAL ) serves him right after that right wing zealot movie he made about President Obama, but we can all be sure they were studying scripture in the hotel room to the wee hours of the morning and seeking devine guidance, ya this dude is a tool of the lord, HA HA he is just a TOOL. Remember people or christians who live in a glass house shouldn't be throwing stones. FINALLY SOME JUSTICE.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  18. He Haw

    Well as the church lady used to say ( ISN'T THAT SPECIAL ) talk about justice, serves him right after his propagandist movie about President Obama, I guess one of the stones he threw has bounced back. Just another holier than thou right wing christian fake!!!!!!

    October 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  19. JAB62

    I think it's great when this happens to prominent Christians. They have farther to fall.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • yep

      Only from the pedestal the religious sheep have placed him upon.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  20. Rich

    Typical........

    October 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
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