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: