Dinesh D'Souza Caught Not Divorcing Quickly Enough

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Dinesh D'Souza, who when not touting conservative documentary 2016: Obama's America or being the president of upstart Manhattan Christian school King's College, was caught by evangelical news magazine World introducing a young blonde woman (shown above holding his book) to attendees at an evangelical Christian conference as his fiancée—even though he was still married to his wife of 20 years.

World reporter Warren Cole Smith saw D'Souza at a church event in South Carolina on Sept. 28 where the author and filmmaker was a keynote speaker. The speech itself was a hit, earning him "a standing ovation and a long line at the book-signing table," but something was a little unusual. D'Souza was accompanied by Denise Odie Joseph II, and he was introducing her as his fiancée. They even spent the night together: 

Near 11 p.m., event organizer Tony Beam escorted D’Souza and Joseph to the nearby Comfort Suites. Beam noted that they checked in together and were apparently sharing a room for the night in the sold-out hotel. The next morning, around 6 a.m., Beam arrived back at the hotel and called up to D’Souza’s room. “We’ll be down in 10 minutes,” D’Souza told Beam. D’Souza and Joseph came down together

The Christian organizers were not happy about this. One "distressed" organizer confronted D'Souza about it, but D'Souza said "nothing happened" in the hotel room. And when Smith followed up on October 4, D'Souza claimed he'd filed for divorce from his wife Dixie "recently." But by recently, he meant really recently: San Diego court records showed he had filed on that very day, October 4, and six days after they were spotted together in South Carolina. In California, the filing starts a six-month waiting period for final separation. 

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Evangelical Christians who have funded D'Souza's rise are upset. World, a publication that strives to "report bad news because Christ's grace becomes most meaningful when we're aware of sin," notes that D'Souza receives $10,000 speaking fees from Christian groups and King's College, where he is president, is funded by the Campus Crusade for Christ.

The other woman, Denise Odie Joseph, is also conservative. Her blog has been taken down but is still in Google's cache, as Buzzfeed noted.

On the purpose of the blog: 

This blog was born out of fear and despair. I am terrified by our society and its trajectory. I thought that at the very least, I should offer my efforts so that at the end of the day, I can say that I tried.

And, back in April, she cheered one of her "favorite conservative activist philosophers":

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