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October 17, 2012 10:00 AM Dinesh D’Souza’s Hotel Room

By Daniel Luzer


Dinesh D’Souza is perhaps best known as a social conservative pundit. D’Souza, a former domestic policy adviser to the Ronald Reagan administration and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Hoover Institution at Stanford, has since 2010 been the president of King’s College, an evangelical Christian college in New York City.

And that’s how he got into trouble recently. Warren Cole Smith reported yesterday in World that last month D’Souza attended a conference 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.” And then the longtime conservative public intellectual signed books and the event organizer, Tony Beam, escorted D’Souza and Denise Odie Joseph, a 29-year-old woman D’Souza introduced as his fiancee, back to a room at a nearby Comfort Suites.

D’Souza, the author of The End of Racism, Ronald Reagan: How An Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, Godforsaken: Bad Things Happen. Is There a God Who Cares? Yes, Here’s Proof and Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream, has been married for 20 years to Dixie Brubaker, though the two appear to be estranged.

Now, in the real world no one cares if a 51-year-old man who is separated from his wife shares a hotel room with his girlfriend. In this weirdo evangelical Christian world where people buy books called Godforsaken: Bad Things Happen. Is There a God Who Cares? Yes, Here’s Proof and The Roots of Obama’s Rage, however, this matters a great deal.

At King’s College the school’s board of directors is apparently looking into the situation. According to Smith:

D’Souza said King’s board chairman Andy Mills has known about his marital trouble for at least two years. Mills confirmed that through a spokesman, Mark DeMoss, who added that Mills was “hopeful about restoration and both he [D’Souza] and Andy were praying to that end.” DeMoss said The King’s College board met by conference call to begin “looking into the situation.” D’Souza participated in a portion of that call, DeMoss said. Following that meeting, on Oct. 15, D’Souza wrote in a text message to me: “I have decided to suspend the engagement.”

The status of his engagement, of course, is not really the point.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • RaflW on October 17, 2012 12:47 PM:

    It's practically boring to note how many times social conservatives get tripped up by the messiness they don't permit in other people's lives.

    What I find confounding is the conservative urge to learn nothing about one's fellow human beings when one has a fall of one's own.

    What I find totally unacceptable is that people like D'Souza think they can sit in judgement of my life since I'm a gay, partnered man. I'm made out to be an immoral, deviant marriage-destroyer.


  • POed Lib on October 17, 2012 12:52 PM:

    "D'Souza" means "the fornicator" in Portuguese. You can look it up.

    And to RaflW: I've been married 31 years, and we've been unitarian for 25 of those, which means that we've sat in pews with a lot of gays, either in couples or not. Our marriage seems neither better nor worse for this exposure to you pervs. Congrats on your partnered status.

  • IntelliWriter on October 17, 2012 4:26 PM:

    The problem isn't so much the marital infidelity, it's the going around spouting "family values" and claiming to have the moral highground over the rest of us mere humans. The fact that they don't live up to the standards they prescribe for everyone else is what makes their fall from grace that much harder.

    Conservatives will often point out that Liberals do bad things too. Agreed. The difference is that Liberals don't go around telling people how to live their lives. And it is a major difference.

    I hope he is shunned by the very community he has been scamming all these years. Couldn't happen to a more deserving person.

  • Daddy Love on October 17, 2012 7:16 PM:

    "I have decided to postpone the deep dicking."

  • rea on October 18, 2012 6:52 AM:

    My partner of 25 years and I apologize to the D'Souzas for destroying their marriage.