Dinsesh D’Souza Says He Is Not Having An Affair Even Though He Is Engaged While Still Being Married

Do we really need a high profile Christian engaged to a woman while still being married to his current wife, even if they have been separated for two years? Particularly as the debate over gay marriage continues to rage. If Christians cannot keep their own marriages together it hurts their witness when advocating for not letting homosexuals get married. Dinesh D’Souza is one such example and claims he is not having an affair. From the Christian Post:

Dinesh D’Souza, the former president of a New York Christian college who recently came under fire after it was revealed that he was engaged to a woman while still married to his wife of 20 years, released an article to his website on Wednesday declaring he did not have an affair.

In the article, D’Souza claims World Magazine didn’t present all of the facts when it reported that he and his fiancée, Denise Odie Joseph II, stayed in a hotel room together while in town for an apologetics conference in Spartanburg, S.C., in late September. D’Souza and his wife, Dixie, have been separated for two years but are still legally married.

“I met Denise three months ago. We are not and have not been having an affair. Nor did we share a hotel room in Charlotte,” wrote D’Souza. The original report by the magazine quoted Alex McFarland, one of the conference’s organizers, who said D’Souza admitted to him that he and Joseph stayed in the same room together, though D’Souza claimed “nothing happened” between them.

Tony Beam, who was also mentioned in the magazine’s article and was another one of the conference’s organizers, escorted D’Souza and Joseph between the airport, the conference and the hotel.

Beam told The Christian Post on Thursday that Joseph’s arrival with D’Souza was somewhat unexpected to the event’s organizers – they did not make plans for an extra hotel room for her. But D’Souza’s assistant told Beam’s assistant they would take care of it. Beam had forgotten that D’Souza was married at first, so upon their arrival he didn’t question D’Souza when he introduced Joseph as his fiancée.

He later drove the couple from the conference to the hotel, and was present to make sure the check-in process went smoothly. He says they only checked into one room, though he acknowledged that Joseph could have possibly checked into another room later that evening.

“It was one room. In my presence, there was not a discussion about another room,” said Beam…

This has already cost D’Souza his job and I doubt the collateral damage will be minimized to that. And what kind of woman, Christian or not, gets engaged to a man who is still married?
Jesus had some words about divorce:

When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a] 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

10 The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” Matthew 19:1-12

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3 thoughts on “Dinsesh D’Souza Says He Is Not Having An Affair Even Though He Is Engaged While Still Being Married

  1. Serial monogamy is as natural as same sex attraction, and just as healthy. Jesus most likely never said the words you quote here, anyway. Leave Dinesh alone for this. He has had moral failings, but this is not one of them.

      • For me, throwing this in your face would be hypocrisy. The same set of Bronze Age Taliban rules that are used to deny gay people their human rights are being used to attack Dinesh here.

        Lifelong loving, faithful heterosexual marriage is what you and I have chosen (not together, obviously!). But we are the unnatural ones. Most partnerships are not lifelong, monogamous or faithful, including marriage. Anywhere in the world. Ever.

        So this b.s about lifelong, heterosexual monogamy being "natural" can just be dismissed for what it is. B.s!

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