In his rebuttal, D’Souza said he was unaware that being engaged to someone while still legally married to someone else would be frowned upon at the conference (of Christian apologetics).
“I sought out advice about whether it is legal to be engaged prior to being divorced and I was informed that it is,” said D’Souza in his statement. ”Denise and I were trying to do the right thing. 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.”
At least the guy is no longer billing himself as a Catholic. But seriously, how many red flags do guys like this have to drop before we use a little common sense and discernment. He was able to do this kind of stuff because a) he larded his speech with Republican, Christian and Catholic jargon and b) he made a movie attacking Obama. So criticizing him “might help Obama” and it was all shushed till a couple of people, ‘ow you say, “voted their conscience” instead of doing the expedient thing and spoke up. Result: The very first (but by no means last) comment on the piece, from an archetypal World Nut Daily reader is:
I don’t care about dsoyza’s sex life. I am greatful for the movie 2016 that he made so that the rest of the brainwashed kool aid democrats hopefully will redeem themselves by voting for Romney, after watching the video, so America can be saved from the foreign Muslim president Destroying the country right now.
…and so on for hundreds more.
Yes. All that matters is that “dsoyza” created ideological cannon fodder so that people who want to go on believing the Obama is a Muslim (in the teeth of all the obvious evidence that it is absolutely idiotic to believe this) and that dems are “brainwashed” could do so. These are the people who were freaking out about Clinton’s sex life. Why that was contributing to the breakdown of the family! Now, it doesn’t matter that a leading member of the Religious Right is stabbing his family in the back to go indulge in adulterous fornication because he’s for Family Values unlike that Muslim Obama with his intact and healthy family. Yeah: those Dems and their KoolAid. They will say and believe *anything* in order to win, unlike Christians of integrity such as Dinesh D’Souza and his fanboys.
And, seriously?: “I had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced”? D’Souza, a former Catholic and now head of an Evangelical *college* had never in his life read this?
Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan; and large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’? So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman, commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:1-8)
Want to avoid future Maciels, Corapis, and D’Souzas making us look terrible–as well as desperate fanboys saying any stupid thing that pops into their heads to make excuses for them because they belong the correct tribe and help you hate the right people? Stop anointing folk heroes and surrounding them with the muffling protection of tribal allegiance merely because they know how to spout pious culture war jargon. The Church wisely waits till people are dead to proclaim saints.
UPDATE: Since people don’t seem to be getting my point, I will clarify: It’s not D’Souza’s adultery that’s the issue. It’s the comboxes on the linked article, which are full to bursting with denial, attempts to shift blame, shouts that as long as he’s an enemy of Obama it doesn’t matter, and all the rest of the arsenal of rationalizaton that gets trotted out every time some conservative folk hero commits obvious big sin. My one little sample was meant as one little sample. You can go back and read a 745 comment long combox in which people are struggling to keep their eyes tightly shut so they can go on trying to cling to D’Souza as a folk hero, simply because he helps them hate the right sort of people and cling to the right sort of ideology. As to D’Souza himself: sure he needs our prayers and sure anybody can fall. But fallen idols are not helped when their fanboys continue to idolize them. They are helped when they are loved as the weak men they are and not as the heroes of some Manichaean fantasy about a struggle between Good Us and Evil Them.