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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. Reality

    Some added details:

    from answers.com

    "In 1992, D'Souza married Dixie Brubaker, whom he first met during his time in Washington, D.C. They have one daughter, Danielle.[20] In his book Life After Death: The Evidence, D'Souza revealed that Dixie had a near-death experience at the age of 19.[73]

    In 2010, Dixie requested a separation from Dinesh after he moved to New York to begin his presidency at The King's College.[74]

    On October 16, 2012, Warren Smith of World Magazine published an article alleging that at a September 2012 conference, D'Souza introduced a young woman, Denise Odie Joseph II, as his fiancée while he was still legally married to Brubaker. Smith also alleged that D'Souza subsequently filed for divorce on October 4, 2012, the very same day Smith talked to him.[75]

    On October 17, D'Souza responded that while this was true, he had been separated from his wife for over 2 years and the divorce filing was a cu-mulation of weeks of discussion with his law firm, which he alleged Smith knew prior to publishing his article.[76] He went on to state:

    I had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced, even though in a state of separation and in divorce proceedings. Obviously I would not have introduced Denise as my fiancé at a Christian apologetics conference if I had thought or known I was doing something wrong. But as a result of all this, and to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, Denise and I have decided to suspend our engagement."

    D'Souza also alleged that the article was written because of a grievance from Marvin Olasky, the chief editor of World Magazine, who had previously resigned from his position as Provost of King's College after D'Souza was chosen to be president over Olasky's objections.[78]

    The King's College announced that after a trustee's meeting on October 17, 2012, D'Souza resigned his position as president of the university in order "to attend to his personal and family needs".[79

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/dinesh-d-souza#ixzz29md1ec6b

    Considering the ~ 50% divorce rate in this country, why all the fuss? Could it be due to this fellow's anti-Obama docu-mentary? Hmmm?

    October 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • janetlaw

      No, "all the fuss" is due to the fact that he is a HYPOCRITE like many of these high and mighty evangelicals. Don't talk the talk unless you can walk the walk. Don't call out others when you ain't so high and mighty yourself. Basically, go do your own thing but then SHUT UP about criticising others.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      He worked for a religious inst itution and had "no idea it was wrong to be engaged prior to being divorced"? He should have been fired for being a complete moron.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  2. Peggy Munro

    The Lord has spoken. He must go.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  3. Disgusting

    I never wasted my hard earn dollars to see this guy's made up movie, now the truth comes out he is living a double life against all christian's core values, big loser in my book and a big LIAR ON THE OBAMA MOVIE, MY VOTE GOES TO OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA

    October 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • hippypoet

      two points here..... first, you make me laugh whenever anyone brings up christian values – i mean seriously...what values? money??? power??? besides those, clearly!

      second – most things spoken of obama are lies...when someone has done all they can and still hasn't fixed the fuk up done to the country by those that came before stupid people still need someone to blame, and the dude who is in office currently is always the average persons first choice to call out as a faliure...even thou it is them who are the failures.

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

      Politicians and people who want to be them are not good sources of Christian values or positive values of any kind. They have an alarming tendency to be Type A dirtbags. Hopefully the religious-bashing types who like to comment here for who knows what reason (self-congratulation?) are doing something useful for humanity along the way, though...

      October 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  4. Joe Plumber

    Another conservative hypocrite bites the dust. Wish they would stop telling people how to live their lives while not following their own advice.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  5. Jethro

    Who IS Dinesh D'Souza, really? Do we really know?

    October 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Sam

      Essentially he's a pseudo-intellectual who doesn't like Obama.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  6. topgod

    so typical. he probably has a boy on the side too

    October 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  7. sb

    D'Souza complains that he was not treated "decent[ly] and charitabl[y]" approached in private, and that others are out to destroy his career and ministry. Yet, he writes 3 anti-Obama books and 1 anti-Obama movie, none of which could even remotely be considered decent and charitable, much less private, and he is certainly trying to destroy Obama's career and ministry.

    Pot, meet kettle.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  8. bigbendjc

    No problem...take a walk with Mark Sanford on the Appalachian trail. What a bunch of hypocrites!!!
    And try this for size.....Republican Congressman from Tennessee and physician Dr. Scott DesJarlais, staunch Pro-life, asks his pregnant mistress to get an abortion! Please spare me the holier than thou chatter!

    October 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  9. mortalc01l

    More vomitous, repugnant, self-righteous Republican "family values" at work.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  10. Mark Turner

    I cannot believe that such a college seriously believes it is Christian. This is posing as Christian but represents more a political party than Jesus. Abandon politics if you want to represent Christ. It is impossible to completely abandon politics, but as long as they supersede your judgement, and Christ takes a back seat, you have no business calling yourself a Christian college.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  11. wuftusa

    Oh shucks. He did not have a covenant like David did?

    October 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  12. GAW

    Those Kama Sutra oils in his luggage were a dead give away.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  13. noillusion

    Looks like the little hypocrite Hitchslapped himself this time.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • 2tor

      Actually, it looks more like one just posted. You know him? Were you there? got any facts at all? Or just prefer to be a liar?

      October 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • StevenR

      Duh. The guy is getting DIVORCED and he is WEARING HIS CHRISTIANITY ON HIS SLEEVE. These DO NOT go together. I am OK with divorce but when a HOLIER THAN THOU JERK like this does it, HE BETTER SHUT UP ABOUT CHRISTIAN VALUES!

      October 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Sam

      2tor, from where I sit it appears that you need to learn the diffference between making a conclusion based on facts and hurling insults at someone for making a conclusion based on those facts. The OP didn't need to "be there". The facts are out for everyone to see.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  14. Jon B

    It is sweet oriny to see this guy in a mess due to overbearing religious nut jobs. He's been separated for two years and both he and his girlfriend are well past the age on consent. Get a grip! But it is nice to have some of his bad karma come back on him considering his fantacy movie that was just a hit job.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  15. The Dude

    Everywhere I turn I see Christians complaining about how they feel "oppressed" and that they are the targets of prejudice (like pretty much everyone else in existence), and how they feel like they are beset upon by enemies everywhere. Well guess what? You have met "the enemy" and "he" is "you".

    October 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  16. CHERRYPIEGUY

    typical religious response..........hate hate hate.....kill kill kill........maime maime maime.....the christians are the al-queda of the western world....you ever notice yer book is black like the devil who wrote it?

    October 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • GAW

      How about those maroon colored Bibles? Those aren't black 🙂

      October 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  17. Min

    Innocent people don't usually resign.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  18. GAW

    Realistically science cant provide answers for everything. We have too many unanswered questions. So for the time being let's not elevate science up to the level that Religion elevates it's beliefs. In time religion may fade but it will take a while since the vase majority of the world is still religious. Let be realistic!

    October 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Science can't answer everything....religion can't answer anything.

      October 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      Science has answers, religion has only questions.
      Science flies you to the moon, religion flies you into buildings.
      Science, the only REAL choice for those acquainted with reality!

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

      Classic – a comment that seeks to place religious beliefs as a better source of "answers" than science, finishes by saying "let's be realistic"! LOL!

      October 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • mortalc01l

      Scientists read thousands of books in their lifetime in pursuit of knowledge and still wonder if they know enough; Religious people read ONE book and think they know EVERYTHING.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Brian

      " In time religion may fade but it will take a while since the vase majority of the world is still religious."..................

      Reminds me of a comment my psychology professor made: "Religion has all the symptoms of a mental illness; we don't consider it as such because so many people go in for it."

      October 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • JFCanton

      A truly committed scientist should admit that it is an evolutionary adaptation and just accept it.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • southernwonder

      @blessed..
      religion leaders did not / do not understand or even know, nor are capable of understanding, the questions the science so far has asked much less the answers it has provided. most certainly, the people are not looking to religion when new answers do emerge.

      October 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      Southernwonder,

      What did you say? And what is your point?

      October 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  19. Bob

    Just another piece of lying Repuke garbage.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  20. truth

    so he's still 'legally married' under the eyes of the law and his 'God'... so blah blah blah... blah blah blah... oh... blah blah blah

    October 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
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