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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. Grimmmm reaper

    Can we dump the 2000 year old rag now? We know all too well it was fine and dandy as a tool to explain the unexplainable when we didn't have the technology to do so, but we are far removed from our tents and lack of scientific knowledge that we should be able to handle a few remaining things we don't know about and stop believing in fairy tales to explain what we just haven't gotten around to figuring out yet.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Boulderdash Gentile

      Technology and science is now taking place of religions? Please explain to me just how this is so,,,, Where's your proof for such claims?

      October 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • itsallaloadofbollocks

      BG. Science explains what the bible purports to. Gone are the days when we lived in tents or the wild and couldn't explain rain, lightning, thunder, origin of species, and countless other things. Superstition explains nothing and nor does its handbook, the bible. It is the believers who need to provide evidence of what they believe in, not just "I don't know so a god must have done it".

      October 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Boulderdash Gentile

      itsallaloadofbollocks,

      People who faithfully believe in God and do not ridicule those who don't tend to see Life as awe-inspiring! The awe and wonder regarding Life goes way beyond the redundancies of science-based philosophies and technocratic illuminations. Question; "Which cosmos was formed first, the micro or the macro or the mega?"

      October 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Damocles

      @BG

      Oh come on, stop acting like believers are the only people who can be in awe of something. I was in awe when my child was born, doesn't mean I have to get all glassy-eyed and say a deity is responsible for everything.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      BG, explain what you mean by the "redundancies of science based philosophies and technocratic illuminations." What, precisely, are those. Give specific examples. Thanks in advance.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Boulderdash Gentile

      Damocles.

      So, you admit that child-birth is awe-inspiring? Yet, your stance regarding the pro-creation of a living being seems to be held in check where God comes into play? Is it not written in the KJVB that we all do labor together with God and we are God's husbandry and God's "Buildings"?

      October 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Boulderdash Gentile

      Tom,
      I wrote, "The awe and wonder regarding Life goes way beyond the redundancies of science-based philosophies and technocratic illuminations."

      People tend to take for granted nowadays science and technology and they become redundantly natured in such philosophies and they seem to discard Godliness as being just folklore. Many folks see God and balk in revelry. I see Life and am in awe of all its' symmetries and needs of more than just the self in order to maintain each and every Life and formation of life! Is it too much for anyone to admit that all of Life was ordained and created by powers unknown to us life-formations? I am aware of our bodies containing immeasurable numbers of cells all living in harmony and they do not get in the way of our psychic awareness.

      Sure, some folks are unfortunate and are less likely to openly comprehend many issues regarding the myriad natures of Life. We, as humane beings of Life are either fortunate to be alive or some are unfortunately living out their lives with little to ease their life pains. My life-pains are eased by my attenuative-nature to be imaginative in positive perspectives.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "they become redundantly natured in such philosophies..." What does it mean to be "redundantly natured?"

      October 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Many folks see God and balk in revelry." How does one "balk in revelry?"

      October 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "I see Life and am in awe of all its' symmetries and needs of more than just the self in order to maintain each and every Life and formation of life!" Can you translate this into something approximating English?

      October 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Damocles

      @BG

      You failed to read the glassy-eyed part of my post, most likely because you are glassy-eyed.

      A deity is not required to be in awe of something. I mean, are you saying that without a deity you would have just said 'ho hum' at the birth of your child?

      October 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "admit that all of Life was ordained and created by powers unknown to us life-formations?" Do you have any evidence for the existence of such a power?

      October 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "immeasurable numbers of cells all living in harmony and they do not get in the way of our psychic awareness."

      What do you mean by "psychic awareness" and how would cells get in the way of it regardless of their number?

      October 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • itsallaloadofbollocks

      BG. You were asking for proof and I said that was a fallacious position and that the believers need to provide tangible proof. You did not do that. Rather you state that life/the universe is awesome. I can't disagree with that but that does not offer any evidence of a god. Science has good explanations for many things since the Big Bang and the bible has none.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "My life-pains are eased by my attenuative-nature to be imaginative in positive perspectives."

      What is "attenuative (sic) nature?" What are "life-pains"? How can one be "imaginative in positive perspectives" and what, exactly, are they?

      You know what? I recognize your writing. You are using a new screen name, but you're the same pickle-brained idiot that used to write this sort of nonsense with words you made up or real words you used incorrectly, rather like the Humpty-Dumpty of Alice in Wonderland.

      Knock it off. You're a fraud.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Anybody else remember this wackaloon? He was here a lot, always bloviating windily, misusing the longest words he could find in his dictionary.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Damocles

      @Tom

      Yeah, it does remind me of someone.... can't recall the name though.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Neither can I, but the writing is unmistakeable.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  2. McDuck Quackerton

    herp derp derp. that's what people who believe in the sky fairy are essentially saying.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  3. GrogInOhio

    Oh look... a conservative hypocrite! Wow... you hardly ever see those. Only about 10 a day!!

    October 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  4. GAW

    As usual when a big league Evangelical leader is caught in a scandal (Even if it's only considered a scandal by Evangelical standards) T\they try to weasel out of it. And they cry "It's not what you think" or "They are out to get me!"

    October 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  5. nothing new here

    This guy has NO problem with badmouthing everyone else.
    Now the proverbial shoe is on the other foot.
    Like I posted earlier – typical, typical, and typical.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  6. Bob

    He's a liar and a cheat.

    No surprise there, he's also a ConTard.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  7. tony

    Standard US Christian thinking:

    Conscience says: NO!. BUT. . . .
    Religious belief says: "God will forgive".

    October 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  8. nothing new here

    Typical – so what else is new?

    October 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  9. Darw1n

    I like how these folks pretend that Intellectual Evangelicalism isn't an oxymoron

    October 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Michael

      Ouch!

      October 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  10. Fred8680

    I look forward to the day when we all wise up and the churches become empty relics to history.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • rachel

      you and me both.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Darw1n

      Wait for me!!

      October 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • One one

      IMO, it will happen relatively soon.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • nothing new here

      If the current trend continues, approximately 70% of churches could be gone in about 20 years.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • JFCanton

      And that ability to project statistics without context makes you exactly as authoritative as Dinesh d'Souza (which is zero).

      October 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  11. rachel

    This guy is big of a control freak to ever step down for no good reason. He is a predator posing as a housepet. How he made Obama look and some of his other ideas are so extreme yet he says he is a godly man. Something is up with old dinesh.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • James PDX

      So he had no problem bad mouthing Obama, but is bothered when someone does it to him? OK.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  12. Burning Man

    Kings and World intellectual? Mark Noll, the Christian author of the book "The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind" writes in the first sentence of the book:

    "The scandal of the Evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind." That was 1987. Their behavior, across the board, declares that as of 2012, there is no evangelical mind.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  13. Bob24

    He is not a Christian, he is a Hindu

    October 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • umm..

      Did you miss the point where the dude himself said hes a christian? or the college he works said hes a christian? or his ministry? get a life dude, don't be a racist.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • MSuken

      The Hindus I know treat their spouses very nicely. Hindus have a very low rate of promiscuity and divorce.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  14. brian

    wait.......a christian hypocrite? i don't believe it. self righteous, bigoted morons roaming around society acting certain about the most uncertain thing known to mankind makes me laugh. faith does not equal fact, kids.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  15. rusty66

    Why is this news? Hypocrites of the Reich (sic) are Legion.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • rachel

      oh no, this is news. old dinesh has been hiding something for years, the little nerd. going after everything he can find. he wouldn't step down for no reason.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  16. Get a job

    "Why would I vote for a man who will create jobs, when that means I will need to get a job?"

    October 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  17. Get a job

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

    October 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • midwest rail

      How is that relevant to this article ?

      October 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • James PDX

      Perhaps that's why our forefathers decided to make us a Republic instead of a true democracy. At least that waw the voters can't just vote themselves all of the money. They have to pay off someone with votes to do it for them at a much slower pace.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • steven harnack

      Yeah, some guy from the 17th century should be taken as the authority on modern government. Just like a book of iron age myths should be a blueprint for 21st century laws.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • JFCanton

      Maybe it's not on topic, but on the other hand it does help not to be two centuries off (de Tocqueville lived from 1805-1859 and as an outsider observer *is* kinda relevant).

      October 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  18. aaron

    He'd best worry more about the pits of H@ll instead of Obama in 2016. His wife is lucky she didn't get stoned by the American Taliban.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  19. Blessed are the Cheesemakers

    He said he didn't know it was wrong to be married and engaged at the same time....lol.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • maxmaxwell

      really where??

      October 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • ME II

      Not sure I see the issue here. Many people make plans to get remarried while they are separated and awaiting divorce.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      ME II,

      It is the idea that one of the top Catholic apologists claims to not know it was wrong, did he not know the Catholic church condems divorce too? Everyone decides for themselves what is acceptable behavior but I would lose respect for a friend or a family member who had so little regard for commitments. This is also the guy who crows on and on about the sancti.ty of marriage and yet he treats it like replacing a car.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      maxmaxwell,

      It is in his rebutal that is linked in the above article.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  20. scatheist

    What a liar. First he admits he shared a room with the lady, then he denies it.

    The students at the Christian school even see his Obama film as anti-intellectual.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • maxmaxwell

      wow you bama lovers never stop, where did he share a room??

      October 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
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