No, no, no — we were fine with D’Souza’s racism, but the adultery is upsetting

No, no, no — we were fine with D’Souza’s racism, but the adultery is upsetting October 17, 2012

LifeWay Christian book stores still carry Dinesh D’Souza’s books. For now.

The journalistic scoop belongs to Warren Cole Smith of the very conservative World magazine, so we’ll quote from his report first:

About 2,000 people gathered on Sept. 28 at First Baptist North in Spartanburg, S.C., to hear high-profile Christians speak on defending the faith and applying a Christian worldview to their lives. Among the speakers: Eric Metaxas, Josh McDowell, and — keynote speaker for the evening — best-selling author, filmmaker, and Christian college president Dinesh D’Souza.

Dinesh D’Souza says anti-colonialism is un-American. He even says this in D.C., in a city named after George Washington.

D’Souza’s speech earned him a standing ovation and a long line at the book-signing table immediately afterward. Although D’Souza has been married for 20 years to his wife, Dixie, in South Carolina he was with a young woman, Denise Odie Joseph II,* and introduced her to at least three people as his fiancée.

Finally, near 11 p.m., event organizer Tony Beam escorted D’Souza and Joseph to the nearby Comfort Suites. Beam noted that they checked in together and were apparently sharing a room for the night in the sold-out hotel. The next morning, around 6 a.m., Beam arrived back at the hotel and called up to D’Souza’s room. “We’ll be down in 10 minutes,” D’Souza told Beam. D’Souza and Joseph came down together, and Beam took them to the airport.

The next day another conference organizer, Alex McFarland, distressed by D’Souza’s behavior, confronted him in a telephone conversation. D’Souza admitted he shared a room with his fiancée but said “nothing happened.” When I called D’Souza, he confirmed that he was indeed engaged to Joseph, but did not explain how he could be engaged to one woman while still married to another. When asked when he had filed for divorce from his wife, Dixie, D’Souza answered, “Recently.”

Amy Sullivan describes “The Right-wing Rivalry Behind” that scoop:

Needless to say, this sort of thing is frowned upon in the conservative religious circles in which D’Souza is usually celebrated. So it is perhaps unsurprising that the story was broken by Warren C. Smith, a writer and associate publisher for the evangelical World magazine. The publication has a history of covering problems within the evangelical world, and it has not shied away from stories about preacher scandals or church abuse of women. But this particular story may have interested the magazine for a different reason: World’s editor-in-chief is Marvin Olasky, the sometime Bush advisor who is no fan of D’Souza.

Olasky served, briefly, as provost of The King’s College. He resigned shortly after D’Souza became the school’s president. Read the whole thing for Sullivan’s take on the nasty history between these two nasty men.

Christianity Today’s report notes that “D’Souza has regularly appeared in CT’s pages.” One example of that is CT’s report on D’Souza’s hiring at King’s, which emphasized that the conservative activist’s Roman Catholic faith should not preclude him from membership in the evangelical tribe:

D’Souza’s wife, Dixie, is an evangelical, and the family has attended Calvary Chapel, a nondenominational evangelical church in San Diego, for the past 10 years. He has been invited to speak in several churches and colleges, including Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church and Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.

“I do not describe myself as Catholic today. But I don’t want to renounce it either because it’s an important part of my background. I’m an American citizen, but I wouldn’t reject the Indian label because it’s part of my heritage,” D’Souza said. “I say I have a Catholic origin or background. I say I’m a nondenominational Christian, and I’m comfortable with born-again.”

He said that his views align with the Apostles’ Creed and C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.

That’s the imprimatur — the stamp of approval.

But D’Souza wasn’t embraced by the evangelical tribe just because he affirms the creeds and C.S. Lewis. What made CT and King’s College and the rest of mainstream evangelicalism decide that D’Souza was one of us was his political history — a former policy aide in the Reagan White House, D’Souza is fiercely opposed to abortion, gay rights, feminism and progressive taxation.

As Sarah Posner said, “D’Souza’s … rise in the evangelical world is due in no small part to his conspiracy-minded claims about President Obama’s ‘Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior.'”

Yes, conspiratorial warnings about Africans and anti-colonialism contributed to D’Souza’s legitimacy among evangelicals.

Bruce Garrett notes some of D’Souza’s odious political history:

How the man who, while editor of the Dartmouth Review, penned a racist parody of African American students titled “This Sho Ain’t No Jive Bro” and later outed a gay student using stolen mail between members of the Dartmouth Gay Student Alliance can in any sense be labeled a Christian is something confederate Christianists can explain I suppose.

Those two themes — racism and anti-gay sentiment — have endured as the hallmarks of much of D’Souza’s “scholarship.”

Alvin McEwen highlights a 2008 article of D’Souza’s titled, “Gay Rights vs. Democracy,” in which he pulls the man-on-dog nonsense.

Here is D’Souza’s idea of scholarship: “Why doesn’t the Fourteenth Amendment protect the fellow who wants to walk down the aisle with his poodle on the grounds that ‘I love my dog and my dog loves me’?” (What is it about the idea of consent that confuses these folks so much?)

Grace at Are Women Human? echoes Garrett’s observation, noting — savoring — the irony that D’Souza’s adultery has done what his nasty racism and homophobia never did, diminished his standing amongst evangelicals. The entire post — a Snoopy-dance of schadenfreude — is great fun, but the kernel of it is summed up in this one tweet from Grace:

Does it matter than D’souza peddles racist, colonialist lies? Nope. But he shared a hotel room with a woman he’s not married to! OH NOES

Or, as she writes in the post itself:

Sarah Posner writes for Religion Dispatches that this (presumed) sex scandal may spell the end for D’Souza’s once rising star. Note, not the fact that he’s been peddling racist and colonialist lies to white Christians for fun and profit for the past forever, but because of what’s assumed about his marriage and sex life. PRIORITIES.

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* Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch quotes from a post by Odie Joseph II at Smart Girl Politics, which bears the unfortunate title of “Whatever Happened to Good Ole Hypocrisy?

Feminists and liberals … tore the traditional family to shreds until they reduced us to the shining bastion of zoological (but even animals aren’t this bad and do not depend on the state to care for them) cesspool equality that we have now in every American ghetto and which is seeping out into the middle and upper classes in less animated ways.

Her bogeymen are just like those of her boyfriend: Black.

As women spearhead the demise of the ideal, the alternative to hypocrisy, they spearhead the demise of social order as we know it and love it. Henceforth, all of us will be staring down the barrel of life in a hip hop video or government-funded project. …

Buzzfeed snagged a cached copy of Odie Joseph’s blog (which disappeared when the story broke), which reveals her to have been a fan of D’Souza’s books — and of Ayn Rand.

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  • P J Evans

     No, but you certainly have been, and for a long, long time.
    FOAD, turdblossom.

  • Ginny Bain Allen

    It’s called mental WILLness, and if someone has rejected God, He lets that person get what he/she wants.  God leaves that person alone in their stubborn rejection of Him, allowing him/her to suffer the natural consequences of choosing to live narcissistically sinfully.

  • Ginny Bain Allen

    No, Ellie, Christian sociopaths do not exist.  Evil and the Holy Spirit cannot reside in a person at the same time.

  • Ginny Bain Allen
  • EllieMurasaki

    Christian sociopaths do not exist

    “Kill them all and let God sort them out.” That never happened, or it wasn’t a sociopath who did it?


    No, Ellie, Christian sociopaths do not exist.  Evil and the Holy Spirit cannot reside in a person at the same time.

    That‘s interesting.

    This suggests that the Holy Spirit resides in all Christians. Do you believe that?

    If so… how many Christians would you estimate are alive in the world today? Or, to ask it a different way: there are between 2 and 3 billion people who claim to be Christian in the world. Are all of them Christian? Most of them? Practically none of them?

  • Ginny Bain Allen

    Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.  ~I Corinthians 12:3

  • Your understanding of good and evil and their origins is Medieval.

    In the literal sense.

  •  “When tweetle beetles battle with paddles in a puddle, they call it a tweetle beetle puddle paddle battle” – Seuss

  • P J Evans

     That’s nice. Did you learn to do that by yourself, or did some one teach you how to copy and paste?

  • P J Evans

     She probably didn’t learn about the Inquisition, and the burning of heretics, and the witch-hunting, and missed seeing the huge neon-painted logs in the eyes of her pastor and most of her church’s members.

  • P J Evans

     Well, come back when the Holy Spirit decides to take up residence in YOU.

  • Vermic

    It’s easy to see why GBA is so devoted to the unborn.  They haven’t yet had a chance to disappoint her by becoming human.

  • Ginny Bain Allen

    Because we’ve progressed so far past that time in knowledge and wisdom, right?  Ha, ha, very funny, ha, ha, it is to laugh!

  • Ginny Bain Allen

    A slew of untruths have evolved into defining cliches of our age.  Many have to do with overturning, demeaning or diminishing Christianity in world history.  Underlying it is the notion that Christianity held humanity back for thousands of years and that it continues to do so today.  Christianity began as a faith of peaceful martyrs who died for love.  Islam began as a faith of invading soldiers who died for land.  The Crusades were in every way a defensive war.  They were the West’s belated response to the Muslim conquest of fully two thirds of the Christian world.  The Catholic Church intervened in the business of trying witches and other heretics in order to halt bloodshed and hysteria by secular authorities and the laypeople of Europe.  The most irresponsible parties in the persecution of alleged witches were not Catholic officials, but neighbors of the accused, followed closely by ignorant secular authorities.  Most witch trials were not conducted by the Church but by the local lords at the behest of the mob.  It was against this backdrop that the Church felt it had to intercede, to bring order, reason and an end to such spectacles.  The Church saved thousands of innocent people from horrific sentences by secular authorities.  As a rule, the Church did not burn witches or heretics.  That’s something the mobs or their lords did.  Where the Catholic Church’s authority was unquestioned, there were fewer or no witch trials.  But where its authority was contested or nonexistent, there were more – and more barbaric – trials.  Secular courts delivered death sentences.  Catholic inquisitions rarely sentenced people to death, preferring dismissals or excommunication or penance.  They myth that the church was interested in beating back rival pagan faiths makes no sense for numerous reasons, not least the fact that the areas in question had by that time been converted to Christianity for over a thousand years.  When the Church was at the height of its power very few witches died.  Persecutions did not reach epidemic levels until after the Reformation, when the Catholic Church had lost its position as Europe’s indisputable moral authority.  The witch trials were not driven by the corrupting madness of absolute power and the Church’s institutional dogmatism.  Rather they were fueled by the demands of popular mobs a weakened Church could no longer hold at bay.  It was the secular authorities who punished heresy with death, and it was the people themselves who did most of the rounding up of heretics.  As horrible as this chapter of human history is, it is not nearly so horrible as portrayed by centuries of propagandists.  Hatred of the Church is too often the hallmark of men whose will to power drives them to clear the field of competing sources of authority as well as any institution that gives voice to conscience.  Consider that the deaths from the Inquisition in the 13th century amounted to something like 3 per year.  Between 1939-1945 the virulently anti-Catholic Nazis averaged that many every 90 seconds.  The Marxists who claimed to be ending the masses’ addiction to religion then proceeded to slaughter those same masses at a rate unprecedented in the history of human life.  The Church was intolerant of heresy to be sure, but the exoneration rate of the Inquisitions is a monument to human decency and restraint compared to the inquisitions of the Communist world, which consigned men and populations alike to miserable deaths based on the diktats of a secular faith that the murderers in power made up as they went along.  Catholic heretics had the right to a trial.  Under Communism whole populations did not.  Where the Church was strong, civilization was strengthened.  Where the Church was weak or absent, mankind was more likely to operate according to its more barbaric default settings.  Europe wasn’t comprised of some kind of enlightened, white-robed philosophers.  It was filthy, dark and cruel – just like the rest of the world.  The Church survived not because it was conniving and mercenary but because good men who believed more than they know did their best to light the darkness.  ~from Jonah Goldberg’s excellent book entitled The Tyranny of Cliches:  How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas

  • Ginny Bain Allen

    avoiding the fiery darts of the evil one here.   :)

  • And how safe was the tap water you’ve been drinking since you were a child?

    The fact that it’s safe to drink at all is due to a pesky little thing called scientific research.

    So yes, we have gained in knowledge and wisdom in how to better organize our lives in the here and now to give more humans than ever before lives of ease and comfort unattainable even to kings and queens hundreds of years ago.

    And you pooh-pooh that because we no longer believe that living lives of drudgery and toil for some imagined afterlife is a balanced equation.

    Tell me, would you like to live in a “moral” Medieval era as a possibly illiterate farm worker in the Holy Roman Empire? Or perhaps in Normannic England?

  • AnonymousSam

    (Posting here because other threads don’t feel as relevant to the subject and I can’t find the other when we discussed this separately)

    This is what happens when you consider a fetus equivalent to an adult:

  • Ginny Bain Allen

  • Which is *gasp* why feminists say we need to teach boys to stop nagging girls for sex because they’re not entitled to nag girls for sex.

    They are, however, entitled to use their own hands –

    Oh, wait. You and your ilk have the vapors at the thought that people even masturbate.

  • Ginny Bain Allen


  • Ellie, I realize that what you are attempting to do when asking me this question is to label me as insensitive or mean. Your intention is to make me look bad, not to elicit an answer. I ask you, since abortion kills an innocent human being, should it go unpunished? Where abortion is legally murder, seeking an abortion is solicitation of a criminal act, so there should be a criminal solicitation prosecution for a woman who has an abortion. How would it be wrong or mean to punish the crime of abortion? Truthfully, we are being wrong and mean when we see that abortion IS murder and then look the other way. Every abortion stops a beating heart, Ellie, and every abortionist knows that.

  • EllieMurasaki

    I thought you objected to Plan B on the grounds that it’s an abortion. Fetal heartbeat doesn’t start till week six. Fetal heartbeat is a shitty measure of when it’s okay to have an abortion, mind you, because it doesn’t take into consideration any of the pregnant person’s concerns, and also if your concern is stopping a beating heart then you bloody well better be a vegetarian, but if fetal heartbeat is your concern then you have no grounds to object to Plan B.

    Define ‘criminal solicitation’; I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the term before, and I don’t know what punishment you intend to apply to the woman who solicits the criminal activity of abortion.

  • What about the 3/4 of abortions that occur too early in the pregnancy for a fetal heartbeat? Or do heartbeats begin at ejaculation now too?

  • EllieMurasaki

    Mayo Clinic website says heartbeat is at six weeks. Lots of people don’t know they’re pregnant until after six weeks, therefore do not get an abortion till after six weeks. FYI.

  • Ellie, I am not in need of the information you gave me, thanks. FYI, Ross and Ellie, in 100 percent of abortions the baby already has a detectable heartbeat. Doctors will not even perform abortions until six or seven weeks into the pregnancy – in order to protect the health of the mother. The doctor wants to be able to account for, and remove, all of the baby’s body parts because if some small fragment of the baby remains in the mother’s body, it could cause a deadly infection.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Are you a vegetarian?


    Then ‘heartbeat’ cannot possibly be a relevant factor here.

  • Ellie, Plan B is definitely NOT safe. There is NO safe option
    when it comes to abortion. What exactly about abortion is safe for the
    baby? The intention of abortion is either to end a life, or ensure it
    never begins in the first place. No matter how sterile the environment
    is, it is NEVER safe for the baby. NEVER! Contrary to what the billion
    dollar abortion industry declares, it is not safe for the mother
    either. Commingled with the physical, mental and psychological scars,
    it is also a deep spiritual wound that she will NEVER forget, unless she
    has no conscience.

    I am not a cannibal, Ellie, but neither am I a vegetarian. I
    don’t consume humans. What do you mean by pregnant “person?” Only
    female persons have the ability to bear children.

    I don’t
    know what the punishment would/should be for a woman who chose to have
    an illegal abortion. However, if it were illegal, there would be way
    fewer women seeking abortions. Since its inception, death ROE has
    caused abortions to skyrocket. Last week, what Obama told his bosom
    chum, Planned Barrenhood, is a lie. Abortion is NOT rare, and feminists
    don’t want it to be. Contrary to what feminists say, abortion is not
    about caring for women. It’s all about the money and power.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Pre- or non-op trans men. Genderqueer female-assigned-at-birth individuals. The fact that abortion is actually less frequent in places that have it (and contraception and sex ed) legal and easily accessible than in places that don’t! Savita fucking Halappanavar!

    Know what, fuck you, I’m deep-sixing all comments from you from here on out. My blood pressure doesn’t need you.

  • I didn’t claim otherwise. In fact, I don’t know how you could read what I wrote to suggest that there isn’t a substantial percentage of abortions after six weeks. But I looked it up, and at least one source said that 75% of abortions occur at or before 6 weeks. Week six specifically seems to be the most common time to abort a pregnancy.

  • EllieMurasaki

    Huh. I thought most abortions were first trimester, which is a rather broader span of time than first six weeks. I’ll have to check my facts.

  • How does preventing ovulation and conception cause an abortion? How can preventing conception end the life of a baby? Is time travel involved?

  • I don’t recall ever commenting on Plan B, other than today when I said it is dangerous to a woman’s health.

  • Wow! How interesting for this comment of mine made months ago to magically reappear again today! I guess, like the progressive media and the NFL apparently wants Tim Tebow to shut up about living as a genuine disciple of Jesus and just go away, somebody wants me to shut up and go away from this blog. Jason Collins, on the other hand, is widely praised and admired for going public with his sin of homosexuality, with even Obama ringing him up to tell him how proud he is of him. Some president, huh? Proud of sin! Fred, you might silence me on your blog (how rude), but I refuse to remain silent about the Truth which is Jesus! Of what are you so afraid concerning my comments? Do you not want people to know the Truth?

  • P J Evans

    Starting from the first sentence, which is a lie, it just piles on more.

  • P J Evans

    Lies upon lies: WWJD?

  • I made no such claim about Plan B causing abortions. Plan B is a dangerous chemical concoction. Doesn’t sound like a very safe or wise choice to me.

    Contrary to what Obama recently said about his bosom chum, Planned Barrenhood, abortion is definitely NOT rare. Au contraire, Planned Barrenhood’s mission is to keep it frequent! That is because it is a very lucrative business, and this has been true from it’s inception. Planned Barrenhood (a tax exempt organization) has over $951 million in total assets. The average income for an abortion doctor far exceeds the annual income for an ethical surgeon – from three to ten times more, and they work way fewer hours! They are also less likely to be sued for malpractice. Of course, the numbers of abortion go down when it is illegal, for most mothers do not want to break the law.

  • Jesus would tell the abortionists and those who have had abortions to “Go and sin no more.”

  • You, um, you know that Tebow only got his job in the first place because people were impressed by his praying, and he got fired because he is a terrible football player, right? He wasn’t persecuted for his faith; he was given an undeserved opportunity for it.

    Also, what would you have Jason Collins do instead of come out as gay? Live a lie? I am fairly sure — though I may be mistaken if you are representative — that God frowns on that.

  • Au contraire, Tim Tebow got his job in the NFL due to his moxie at playing football, and has now been black-balled by the NFL due to his public stand for Jesus.

    Yes, Jason Collins should keep his sinful sex life to himself, and pray for Jesus to change him.

  • I think it’s already here.

  • Honestly, Tebow’s status is almost completely beside the point.

    Football players announcing their faith in God, and specifically their faith in Jesus, and even asserting that God and Jesus played a role in their winning a game or making a touchdown or whatever, is so routine as to be banal. The idea that being religious, or being Christian, is somehow forbidden in football is risible.

    Straight football players announcing their sexual orientation, and specifically their heterosexual relationships, and even asserting that their families’ love and support played a role in their winning a game or making a touchdown or whatever, is again routine and unchallenged.

    And all of that is as it should be. It should be OK for players to talk about their faith, and their loves, and their families, and the other aspects of their lives that inform their experience of the game, if they are being asked about their experience of the game.

    And that’s just as true of Tebow as it is of Collins.

    That said, public prayer, just like publicly making out with one’s wife or husband or girlfriend or boyfriend, is not appropriate in all venues.

  • Yes, Jason Collins should keep his sinful sex life to himself, and pray for Jesus to change him.

    On your view, should people like me and my husband also keep it to ourselves and pray for Jesus to break apart our marriages and our families? Or is this unique to Collins?

  • Since Minneapolis fans are still advertising their Worldcon bid for 1973, *clearly* 1998 hasn’t arrived. Yet.

  • It is not MY view that matters, nor yours – only the view of the God of the universe.

  • That’s interesting. Could you provide a citation? Because I spent a bit of time looking and I can’t find a single piece of press from the Jets saying that they fired him due to his “public stand for Jesus”. I can’t even find anything saying they fired him due to his vile flouting of Matthew 6:5.

    I also can’t find a single reference to his “moxie” at playing football. All the records I can find say that he scored a total of 0 touchdowns during his time with the Jets, and during his last season with the Broncos, he had the lowest passing completion rate in the NFL. Pray tell, have the numbers all been falsified by the conspiracy against Jesus? Because I’ve seen quite a lot of statistics about Tebow’s performance, and they certainly do look like they indicate that he’s simply not good enough at playing football to be a quarterback in the NFL.

    Also, given that in 2000 years, Jesus has not changed the sexual orientation of a single person, are we to conclude that there has never been a homosexual person who sufficiently loved Jesus and prayed hard enough?

    Because it seems like a much simpler explanation is that if Jesus didn’t want people to be gay, he’d have had a word with his dad about having them not be born that way.

  • Perhaps. But you don’t speak for the God of the universe, so asking you about that is a waste of both of our time. And you choose to come here and articulate your view, so I choose to ask you about that view.