Big news for conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza. He was separated with his wife while engaged to a 29 year old woman, and now he’s lost his job as president of a Christian college. In any other college, it would be no big deal, but because it’s a Christian college, it was seen as highly improper, and he was forced out.
First, I want to say that even though I’m moderate, I’m a big fan of some of D’Souza’s work. The End of Racism was a great book, and the Illiberal Education was pretty good too. I haven’t checked out his movie.
In terms of the news about his ouster, I’m have an illiberal viewpoint. Even though I’m a godless heathen moderate, I actually agree that it’s not proper to be simultaneously married to someone and engaged to someone else. Having an open marriage is one thing–perfectly fine–but if you’re planning on divorcing your wife, just get it over and done with before moving on. Even though I’m not a Christian, I agree with the King’s College’s decision. If you’re a Christian organization, you have to have some rules of conduct in order to enable your leaders to lead. Christian organizations have too often fallen apart because of loose behavior. I don’t think D’Souza behaved immorally, since it was already understood that they were separated, but it was improper. And propriety is important for leaders, especially leaders of religious institutions.
That said, I hope D’Souza picks himself back up again. I enjoy reading his work, and I think he (sometimes) brings an important voice to political discussions.