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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. Jef

    This happen at a Comfort Inn? Classy. This is so funny it can't actually be true. Is this true? Did little sweet jesus-lovin' traditional-christian-values Dinesh D’Souza just crap in his pants in front of the church deacons? Couldn't have happen to a creepier creep. They "accepted his resignation" – you better by-god believe they did. This mendacious loon had about as much credibility as dead squirrel.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  2. leemillerusa

    Married Christians leave one another daily. If you were to impune their Christian sincerity for their faith simply because they were separating with divorce in mind, you would be harshly criticized by them. So just another Christian gets a divorce. His wife left him 2 years ago. He found someone new. Big deal. As to the substance of his book and movie, it is entirely irrelevant. What is relevant is his anti-Obama stance. And that, more than anything, raises the ire of pro-Obama populous. That is equally hypocritical.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • wesmorgan1

      Actually, I'm far more concerned with D'Souza's own statements on the matter.

      1) He defended his actions by saying that he consulted a lawyer, who told him that "engaged before divorce" situations "happen all the time" and are no big deal. He said nothing about consulting fellow believers, a pastor or anyone connected to the faith he claims. That's disturbing, because the Bible teaches us to consult/support/correct each other; consider Proverbs' admonition that "as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." For D'Souza to take the legalistic route in defending his actions is ducking the real issue, which is:

      2) He said, "“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." Really? I can honestly say that I know of NO Christian community in which such a thing would be acceptable. Regardless of one's position on the question of divorce, it shames both one's wife and one's faith to openly parade a "new" fiancee while still married to one's spouse. Note that the Bible cautions us not to present a "stumbling block" to other believers if honest differences of opinion exist. D'Souza did exactly that through his actions..

      3) Note that D'Souza statements include no repentance whatsoever; he still refuses to acknowledge error. Oh, sure, he's going to get his family life in order and pursue his "other opportunities," but there was not one word of repentance from this "leading Christian apologist"?

      As far as D'Souza's other activities are concerned, it must be said that his defenses of "traditional marriage" and "family values" ring hollow when held up against his personal hypocrisy on both counts. He has not hesitated to criticize others for what he perceives as violations of (or opposition to) those values, yet he cannot live them himself? Yes, that hypocrisy taints much of both those criticisms and his "other work."

      October 23, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  3. Chuck

    I love watching hard-right-wingers get eaten by their own stupid ideology. Normally, I would be rising to the defense of anyone being attacked by such small-minded zealots....but not for Dinesh D’Souza. He has propagated this garbage for years. Let him enjoy the heat and stupidity he subjects others too. No sympathy.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  4. george

    The first time I saw him was on Phil Donahue show. He expressed a bizarre theory about Blacks and their problems. Donahue called him something like "little Racist". It was a long time ago, love to find a clip of that show!

    October 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  5. ib42

    How anyone falls for the pure crap that issues from these hypocrites, ALL of them 'conservative, ultra religious psychopathic pieces of doo doo, is totally mind boggling.

    October 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  6. Lion

    This guy D'Souza was born & grew up a Roman Catholic in India, when he came to America he (the Indian Uncle Tom) found that being a Christian Evangelical had better prospects over here financially.

    October 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • wesmorgan1

      As far as I can tell, D'Souza has not renounced Catholicism.

      October 23, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  7. Beatlearl

    Just another lying GOP T..bagging nut case.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  8. Mukudi

    He is a hate monger that forgot to clean up as he left the room. He is not an intellectual, but a propaganda-ist disguised as a scholar. Evil lives inside him.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Mkat2

      Oh wow! Now we have the Taliban posting on here! If there is evil, YOU'RE the one who'd recognize it!

      October 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  9. Hypatia

    That was his "other" temporary wife. *snickers*

    October 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  10. Walter D'Souza

    Whole world knows Billy Graham does not like Pres. Obama.
    Remember when Obama became President, Billy immediately feigned sickness to avoid meeting with our new President. Such a meeting, which was normal for Billy to give his "blessing" to the new President, was avoided in 2009, because the new President DID NOT look anything like the individual who was normal for Billy. Billy must have been shocked to see a TALL HANDSOME BLACK man as President and thought "how can that be Lord?. I thought the devil was black and now the devil's the President of our WHITE USA?"

    But today, Billy meets with Romney even after ridiculing Mormonism to a cult?

    If this blatant dsiplay of OVERT RACISM gives all of us Americans a real bad name when we go to foreign lands to visit. The foreigners tell us that some Americans are just as RACISTS as anywhere else!

    October 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  11. Geoff

    Good riddance to Dinesh D'Souza. We have more cracks in the holier-than-thou Republican party. Who among the conservatives hasn't cheated, lied on taxes, divorced, or had a child out of wedlock? It's becoming a rare thing for the party that claims God as their own. Penguins know God loves all of us.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • mike

      are you sure his name is not Clinton?

      October 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    October 20, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 20, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Midwestmatt

      All prayer does is change the way someone responds to a particular situation they're involved with. It no more affects the outcome of something that a being a particular zodiac sign does.

      If prayer helps you, great. Just understand that if prayer actually worked, there would dramatically less death, pain and suffering in this world. IOW, it's for the person's own mental health and good for little else.

      October 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • .

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      This troll is not a christian!..

      October 22, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!_

      October 22, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • GomerPyle

      "Prayer changes things."

      Indeed it does...for the worst.

      November 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  13. MattBMO

    Have you ever heard him speak? I've seen him on TV, and he is either not all there mentally, or just spewing the most outrageous stuff to pander to his conservative audience. Half of what I've heard him say made no sense at all, or he ended up contradicting himself. I love the comment Reality posted, "I had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced." In Christian circles? Really? I'm pretty sure it's considered bad form in most "circles" to get engaged to another woman while you're still married. For real fundamental evangelical Christians, it is considered wrong to get divorced in the first place. You are supposed to marry for life, and the afterlife.

    October 20, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • Midwestmatt

      Great comment. I have been battling several right wingers who fail to see the hypocrisy in this self anointed liar.

      October 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  14. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    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 20, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • That too

      Due to his movie? Get real! The people who watched probably loved it. This cabal against Dinish and their wide range of "conservative Christians" allies are voting against Obama, now that Billy Graham delisted Mormons as a cult and now are in the true righteous god/billy ordained bosom of Christianity.

      Souza is no different than newt. He just got on some Christian's enemy list and will not be forgiven, unless he begs and grovels then maybe. It is a sociopath and his rule book that must be adhered to and approval of forgiveness feigned and celebrated.

      So reality, when it comes time to vote, you know Republicans must toe the line, whether it be Nixon, a space alien, Satan or Brownie.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • Reality

      As Democrats toe the line to Billy, "I did not have se-x with that girl", the rich Kennedy's, abortion on demand, "free" contraceptives for all when said contraceptives are not used properly, and $16 trillion deficits.

      October 20, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • Orwell prefers Guyana punch

      Real little, you got that. Spot on.

      They are Christians, they are forgiven, red or blue.
      The more red hot Christian they are, the bigger sociopathic flameout.

      But choosing between Nixon criminal enterprises et al, and Clinton's BJ & lying about it under oath, I try to vote for lesser evils. Clinton knows he is idiot for it. Nixon et al, "when the president does it, it is not a crime", no conscience, just self righteousness, god is on their side, they have the Trump card.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Reality

      Nixon died in disgrace. He should have died in prison to emphasize his disgracing his country and family.

      Billy Boy is still raking in the disgraceful dough. And remember he was playing around in the White House when he should have been chasing bin Laden.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Mkat2

      EXACTLY! and for the same reason they are critical of Billy Graham! But, they're the same group who revel in the Paris Hilton's crotch shots! (or whichever tramp that was?)

      October 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  15. BrightStar

    Maybe there is a little justice in the world?

    October 20, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • Orwell prefers Guyana punch

      Not enough.

      The punishment for religious leaders and politicians should be more severe, more out their wallet, a little time in jail.
      Lying is generally not a crime, and not a bar from getting into heaven.

      October 20, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  16. GregScott

    If you want to understand Dinesh's behavior, you first have to understand Indian anti-colonial mentality....

    October 19, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • mitten

      I have noticed that Indians tend to be amazingly conservative. Is there a reason for that? My daughter is in India right now working in education. I would be interested in insight into that people.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • That too

      Could it be that conservative adherence to the past is why these countries are so poor and backward?

      They did not create electricity, eliminate smallpox, or go to the moon. Humanity could have done this 10000 years ago, except for conservatism. Blind adherence makes poverty.

      October 20, 2012 at 2:09 am |
  17. Gary

    Why would he resign if the allegations are false? As is the case of most of the things associated with D'Souza, this makes no sense.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • That too

      A better job with Rush or Newt.
      More money,does not feign Christianity, divorce freely, line up next wifey publicly.

      Has nothing to do with "death do us part", conservatives no longer conserve that. Hypocrites must abandon word and honor for greater wealth or they will not prophet and lead the masses.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  18. scmaize

    What a sleazy crook D'Souza is.

    October 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • That too

      Him and his allies in college are the same, wingnuts fakes.

      October 20, 2012 at 2:12 am |
  19. acheptler

    Glad we built all those FEMA camps for these freaks.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • That too

      Heck of a job Brownie!!!

      October 20, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  20. Scottie

    I attended The King's College prior to Mr. D'Souza's reign, and at that time, they were about "education". Sadly, over the years, I've watched them move steadily toward "indoctrination". Dinesh D'Souza is merely a sympton of the mind rot that has taken over most religions, including evangelicalism. I hate to quote Ferris Bueller, but maybe we would be better off without any "isms".

    October 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Rufus T. Firefly

      Why do you hate to quote Ferris Bueller? He could be the walrus, and he still wouldn't have his own car.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Lucille

      Is this the King's College that Dr. Robert Cooke founded?

      October 21, 2012 at 10:03 am |
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