Dinesh D'Souza: Why did he resign from King's College?

Dinesh D'Souza resigned as president of King's College amid allegations that he was engaged to one woman while still married to another. Dinesh D'Souza denies he was having an affair.

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An undated film clip of director, Dinesh D'Souza, interviewing George Obama in "2016: Obama's America." Dinesh D'Souza resigned from his position as president of King's College Thursday, Oct. 18.

A conservative scholar behind a high-grossing film that condemns President Barack Obama says he resigned as president of an evangelical college in New York so it can move forward.

Dinesh D'Souza posted the statement on his website after the board of The King's College announced his resignation Thursday.

"I am grateful for the past two years that I have spent as president of The King’s College. But now it is time to move on. My resignation will enable The King’s College to go forward without distraction. And it will also enable me to address personal matters in my life as well as to pursue new opportunities made possible by success of my recent book and film," wrote D'Souza.

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The evangelical magazine WORLD reported he was engaged to one woman while still married to another.

D'Souza directed the political documentary "2016: Obama's America." He says he and his wife have been separated since 2010.

D'Souza took his fiancee to a Christian values conference last month in South Carolina. Organizers confronted him after concluding he shared a hotel room there with his fiancee. He insists they stayed in separate rooms. His defense of his actions and response to the World article can also be found on his website. D'Souza says that he has now broken off the engagement and filed divorce papers on Oct. 4.

The World's board of directors put a prayer into their minutes, which began as follows:

Our Heavenly Father, we come to you in humility through the saving merits of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we pray, we are stirred by the Holy Spirit to cry out for your mercy on all of your people.

All-too-frequent reports of the sinful failing of our accomplished leaders bring us no joy. Instead, the searching light of your Holy Word illumines our hearts and minds to our own flaws and failures.

For the sake of the glory of your Name, for the progress of your Kingdom, and for the good of your people and the world, we humbly beseech you to forgive us all. May your wise and overwhelming providence cause these painful and unsettling circumstances to accomplish a greater good of divine blessing.

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