Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza resigns from Kings College after scandal with married woman
By Al Stefanelli
On October 19, 2012 At 8:19 am
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Dinesh D'Souza, a prominent Christian author who has debated the late Christopher Hitchens and other atheists has submitted his resignation as President of The King's College. The school is an evangelical institution that is based in New York City. His resignation was announced by the college board of trustees on Thursday.
The controversy that led up to D'Souza's resignation involves accusations of marital infidelity. D'Souza attended an event in North Carolina this past September that focused Christian values, and brought along with him a woman who was not his wife. The two reportedly shared a hotel room, as well.
Common doctrinal points of view, articles of faith and practices and statements of faith in many of the more conservatice Christian denominations do not allow for divorce. Of those that do, many have rules regarding the the involvement in intimate relationships while either participant is still legally married.
D'Souza had been the President of The King's College since 2010, and it had been confirmed by the Associated Press that he and his wife had been separated for about two years. The controversy surrounding D'Souza's relationship also include the introduction of the woman as his fiance, and the fact that both D'Souza and the woman were both still married.
The Huffington Post reports that college board trustee Andy Mills will take over as interim President, a position he has held twice before. The story reports Mills stated,
"God has a mighty future for Dinesh, but there are some things he has to go through first. I have to admit, I got a bit over-enamored with him."
D'Souza maintains that he did not do anything wrong, and that both individuals had been separated for quite some time from their spouses. He told the AP that he would not have introduced her as his fiance if he had thought they were doing anything wrong. He also maintains that the couple were not sharing a hotel room.
Al serves on the Board of Directors for The Clergy Project, and is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc. He is a retired journalist and the author of "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast for three years and was the founder and President of the former United Atheist Front, Inc., which functioned as a civil rights organization. Al is a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes for The God Discussion, hosts his own blog on WordPress, submits content to a variety of publications, and co-hosts "American Heathen Radio" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in Peachtree City, GA., a suburb of Atlanta.
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