Dinesh D’Souza, the man behind the propaganda film 2016: Obama’s America, is in trouble with his base today. D’Souza has been a speaker on the evangelical circuit for years, commanding high speaker fees, and he’s the president of The King’s College in New York City, a school that is a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ.
So what’s the problem? The conservative “scholar” was seen at an evangelical conference last month with a younger woman beside him, someone he referred to as his fiancée and whom he shared a hotel room with… which is especially interesting given that d’Souza is still technically married.
WORLD Magazine’s Warren Cole Smith broke the story and explains:
According to San Diego County (Calif.) Superior Court records, D’Souza filed for divorce only on Oct. 4, the day I spoke with him. Under California law, that starts the clock on a six-month waiting period for divorce. D’Souza on Oct. 4 told me his marriage was “over,” said he “is sure [new fiancée] Denise is the one for me,” and said he had “done nothing wrong.”
D’Souza is now under investigation by The King’s College to see if what he did was inappropriate.
Normally, I would say this is none of our business. It’s his life and this is between him and his wife and any other people directly involved and that’s it. But D’Souza is a conservative Christian who has a history of speaking out against gay marriage because he thinks it’ll ruin “traditional” unions:
Marriage requires a) two people who are b) of legal age and c) not closely related to each other who are d) one male and one female. Note that this definition excludes people who want to marry children, or guys who want to marry their sisters, or Muslims who want to take four wives, or that strange guy who wants to marry his dog.
What would a President Obama do, for instance, to protect traditional marriage? Here the answer appears to be: nothing!
Guy marrying his male partner of many years? Unconstitutional! he says.
Sleeping with your mistress while you’re still technically married? D’Souza’s totally cool with it.
That’s why this story matters. Conservative Christians love to tell other people they have no right getting married because it goes against God’s Will. When they themselves break the rules, though, it’s just a “sin” that needs a bit of correcting. This is why you never see Christian groups trying to outlaw divorce — they don’t really care about maintaining “traditional” families. They only care about maintaining their own power, which means putting down same-sex marriage in the process.
The Right Wing will no doubt just brush this off. To them, D’Souza’s marriage is worth more than that of a gay couple in a long-term relationship. Good luck making sense of that.
I would love to see D’Souza fall from grace, but I know that’s not going to happen.
He’ll just lie low for a little while… then write a new book talking about how his faith saved him when he was at his lowest point. Then, his followers will fall for his schtick, as they always do. And D’Souza will rise again, somehow.