|Born||Dinesh Joseph D'Souza
April 25, 1961
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Education||B.A. in English, 1983|
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
|Occupation||Writer, speaker, film maker|
|Known for||Christian apologetics,
political commentary, filmmaking
|Spouse(s)||Dixie Brubaker (1992–divorce papers filed in 2012)|
Dinesh Joseph D'Souza (Konkani: दिनेश जोसफ डिसूज़ा; born April 25, 1961) is an is an Indian-American political commentator, filmmaker, and author. D'Souza is affiliated with a number of conservative organizations and publications, including the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution, and Policy Review. He also served as a policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and, during 2010–2012, as president of The King's College, a small Christian school in New York City.
Born in Mumbai, D'Souza came to the United States as an exchange student, graduating from Dartmouth College. He became a naturalized citizen in 1991. The author of several New York Times best-selling books, and has written the Christian apologetics, What's So Great About Christianity and Life After Death: The Evidence. D'Souza is also a notable critic of New Atheism. In 2012, D'Souza released 2016: Obama's America, a documentary film based on his 2010 book The Roots of Obama's Rage. Both posit that Barack Obama's attitude toward America derives from his father's anti-colonialism and from a psychological desire to fulfill his father's dream of diminishing the power of Western imperial states. The film has been the highest-grossing conservative documentary film produced in the United States.
In January 2014, D'Souza was indicted on charges of making illegal political contributions to a 2012 United States Senate campaign. On May 20, 2014, D'Souza pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to a charge of using "straw donors" to make illegal political campaign donations. The charge carries a sentence of 10 to 16 months according to the plea agreement reached between D'Souza and federal prosecutors.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Political adviser and commentator
- 3 Election campaign finance conviction and allegations of political persecution
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Works
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Life and career
Early life and career
D'Souza was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) to (Goan) Catholic parents. His father was an executive for Johnson & Johnson and his mother was a housewife. He went to the Jesuit school St. Stanislaus High School in what was then Bombay. He graduated in 1976 and completed his 11th and 12th at Sydenham College, also in Bombay. He went to the United States as an exchange student in 1978 through a Rotary International program. He attended Patagonia Union High School in Patagonia, Arizona. He attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated with a B.A. in English Phi Beta Kappa in 1983.
At Dartmouth, D'Souza became the editor of a monthly called The Prospect. The paper and its writers ignited much controversy during D'Souza's editorship by, among other things, criticizing the College's affirmative action policies. He was also a writer for the Dartmouth Review, an independent student publication subsidized by alumni and organizations not affiliated with Dartmouth College.
After his time in Dartmouth, D'Souza moved to Washington, D.C., where he served from 1985 to 1987 as an editor of Policy Review, a journal then published by the Heritage Foundation (and since acquired by the Hoover Institution). In "The Bishops as Pawns", D'Souza theorized that U.S. Catholic bishops were being manipulated by American liberals in agreeing to oppose the U.S. military buildup and use of power abroad when, D'Souza believed they knew very little about these subjects to which they were lending their religious credibility, writing:
Interviews with these bishops suggest that they know little or nothing about the ideas and proposals to which they are putting their signature and lending their religious authority. The bishops are unfamiliar with existing defense and economic programs, unable to identify even in general terms the Soviet military capability, ignorant of roughly how much of the budget currently goes to defense, unclear about how much should be reallocated to social programs, and innocent of the most basic concepts underlying the intelligent layman's discussion of these questions.
Political adviser and commentator
In 1988 D'Souza left the magazine to serve as an adviser in Ronald Reagan's White House. He joined the American Enterprise Institute in 1989, where he was the institute's John M. Olin fellow. He later joined the Hoover Institution as its Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow. In 1991, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
In August 2010, D'Souza was named president of the King's College, a Christian liberal arts college then housed in the Empire State Building in Manhattan. The college relocated to a larger space in Fall 2012, next door to the New York Stock Exchange in Lower Manhattan's financial district. On October 18, 2012, after claims became public that he had stayed in a hotel with a new girlfriend though not yet divorced from his wife, D'Souza resigned his post at The Kings College.
D'Souza is a noted conservative, and defines conservatism in the American sense as "conserving the principles of the American Revolution". In Letters to a Young Conservative, written as an introduction to conservative ideas for youth, D'Souza argues that it is a blend of classical liberalism and ancient virtue, in particular, "the belief that there are moral standards in the universe and that living up to them is the best way to have a full and happy life". He also argues against what he calls the modern liberal belief that "human nature is intrinsically good", and thus that "the great conflicts in the world...arise out of terrible misunderstandings that can be corrected through ongoing conversation and through the mediation of the United Nations".
D'Souza challenges beliefs and projects such as affirmative action and social welfare. In the book Illiberal Education, D'Souza argued that intolerance of conservative views is common at many universities. He has attributed many modern social problems to what he calls the "cultural left". In his recent book, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 (2007), he wrote that:
The cultural left in this country is responsible for causing 9/11 ... the cultural left and its allies in Congress, the media, Hollywood, the non-profit sector and the universities are the primary cause of the volcano of anger toward America that is erupting from the Islamic world.
D'Souza's 2003 book, What's So Great About America, defends the United States against the criticisms of the last couple of decades. In particular, he argues against the criticisms leveled by the Islamic world, domestic multiculturalists, those seeking slavery reparations, and especially the left wing in the United States. He contends Americans themselves are too critical and take for granted the blessings bestowed on them by living within the borders of the United States.
He also takes this a step further and challenges the notion that all world cultures are equal. "If one begins with the multicultural premise that all cultures are equal, then the world as it is makes very little sense", he says. "Some cultures have completely outperformed others in providing the things that all people seek – health, food, housing, security and the amenities of life."
D'Souza has also criticized aspects of feminism in Letters to a Young Conservative, writing that:
The feminist error was to embrace the value of the workplace as greater than the value of the home. Feminism has endorsed the public sphere as inherently more constitutive of women's worth than the private sphere. Feminists have established as their criterion of success and self-worth an equal representation with men at the top of the career ladder. The consequence of this feminist scale of values is a terrible and unjust devaluation of women who work at home.
"Marriage does not civilize men. Women do. This point is even evident in the gay community: it helps to explain why lesbians are generally much better than male homosexuals in sustaining long-term relationships. The reason that society privileges marriage and gives it a special legal status is because marriage is the only known incubator for the raising of children."
Christianity and religion
D'Souza says that his Catholic background is important to him, but he is also comfortable with Protestant Reformation theology; he identifies as a nondenominational Christian. He often writes and discusses Christian apologetics and has debated against prominent atheists and skeptics, including Dan Barker, Christopher Hitchens, Peter Singer, Daniel Dennett, Michael Shermer, and Bart Ehrman. In a Christian Science Monitor article, he stated, "the moral teachings of Jesus provide no support for – indeed they stand as a stern rebuke to – the historical injustices perpetrated in the name of Christianity." D'Souza often speaks out against atheism, nonbelief, and secularism. He elaborated his views in his 2007 book, What's so Great about Christianity. In 2009, he published Life After Death: The Evidence, which attempts to use scientific and philosophical arguments to support the concept of the afterlife. He also relies on theoretical physics to support the concept of God and the fine-tuned Universe, and to refute atheist arguments. The book earned praise from atheist Christopher Hitchens for Dinesh's argumentative skills. In 2012, D'Souza published Godforsaken, which addresses questions of how a benevolent God could allow evil and suffering in the world.
D'Souza says "living creatures are the products of intelligent design," but he is not a proponent of the intelligent design (ID) movement, as he does not consider ID to be a satisfactory alternative to the theory of evolution by natural selection. He argues that belief in the afterlife and in a supreme being are reasonable conclusions given the evidence available, and that atheists have misrepresented the case for Christianity on many fronts.
In a Catholic Education Resource Center article, he shared his belief on the separation of church and state: "Groups like the ACLU, with the acquiescence if not collusion of the courts, are actively promoting a jurisprudence of anti-religious discrimination. In a way the Supreme Court has distorted the Constitution to make religious believers of all faiths into second-class citizens." D'Souza argues that current jurisprudence unfairly promotes secularism. More clearly, D'Souza states, "Today courts wrongly interpret separation of church and state to mean that religion has no place in the public arena, or that morality derived from religion should not be permitted to shape our laws. Somehow freedom for religious expression has become freedom from religious expression. Secularists want to empty the public square of religion and religious-based morality so they can monopolize the shared space of society with their own views."
D'Souza stated that he has studied radical Islam for several years and read the Qur'an. D'Souza debated Robert Spencer about Islam at the 2007 Conservative Political Action Conference and labelled Spencer an "Islamophobe". D'Souza said Spencer was "an effective polemicist" in his writings on Islam.
In the second chapter of What's So Great About America, D'Souza defends colonialism, arguing that the problem with Africa is not that it was colonized, but rather that it was not colonized long enough. He supports the European colonization of India and other countries, claiming that Christian colonization was a good thing for India because it was a way for Indians to escape the caste system, superstitions and poverty.
D'Souza has argued that the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal was a result of "the sexual immodesty of liberal America". He further asserted that the conditions of prisoners at Abu Ghraib "are comparable to the accommodations in midlevel Middle Eastern hotels".
As a public intellectual, D'Souza has appeared on numerous national television networks and programs. On November 30, 2007, he debated Tufts University professor Daniel Dennett at Tufts on whether or not God was a man-made invention.
Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, D'Souza appeared on Politically Incorrect hosted by Bill Maher. He disputed the assertion that terrorists were cowards by saying, "Look at what they did. You have a whole bunch of guys who were willing to give their life; none of them backed out. All of them slammed themselves into pieces of concrete. These are warriors." Maher agreed with D'Souza's comments and said, "We have been the cowards. Lobbing cruise missiles from two thousand miles away". Maher's comments ultimately led to advertisers ending their support and his show being cancelled.
During an interview on The Colbert Report on January 16, 2007, while promoting his book, The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, D'Souza maintained that liberals had some responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks. He says liberals' "penchant for interference" had a decided effect in convincing the Carter administration to withdraw support from the Shah, which brought on Muslim fundamentalists control of the Iranian government. He also said that the distorted representation of American culture on television is one source of resentment of the United States by Muslims worldwide. D'Souza believes that traditional Muslims are not too different from traditional Jews and Christians in America. Towards the end of the interview, he admitted that he and Islamic militants share some of the same negative beliefs about liberal Americans.
D'Souza has debated several atheists and critics of Christianity at programs at various universities, including Peter Singer, Bart Ehrman, Christopher Hitchens, and David Silverman, on religious and moral issues, including whether there can be morality without God, how a benevolent God can allow suffering, the concept of religion in general, and whether Christianity is good for America, among others.
In early 2007, D'Souza published The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and its Responsibility for 9/11, in which he argues that the American cultural left was in large part responsible for the Muslim anger that led to the September 11 attacks. He argues that Muslims do not hate America because of its freedom and democracy, but because they perceive America to be imposing its moral depravity (support for sexual licentiousness) on the world. The conclusion of the book, as stated by D'Souza in the introduction, is, "[t]he [George W.] Bush administration and the conservatives must stop promoting American popular culture because it is producing a blowback of Muslim rage. With a few exceptions, the right should not bother to defend American movies, music, and television. From the point of view of traditional values, they are indefensible. Moreover, why should the right stand up for the left's debased values? Why should our people defend their America? Rather, American conservatives should join the Muslims and others in condemning the global moral degeneracy that is produced by liberal values." The book was criticized in major American newspapers and magazines and described as, among other things, "the worst nonfiction book about terrorism published by a major house since 9/11" and "a national disgrace". D'Souza's book caused a controversy in the conservative movement. His conservative critics widely mocked his thesis that the cultural left was responsible for 9/11. In response, D'Souza posted a 6,500-word essay on National Review Online,[dead link] and NRO subsequently published a litany of responses from conservative authors who accused D'Souza of character assassination, elitism and pseudo-intellectualism.[dead link]
Opposition to Barack Obama
Forbes article and The Roots of Obama's Rage
"trapped in his father's time machine. Incredibly, the U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s. This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anticolonial ambitions, is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son. The son makes it happen, but he candidly admits he is only living out his father's dream. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. America today is governed by a ghost."
Several liberal/progressive leaning groups and commentaters take issue with D'Souza. Media Matters for America, Ryan Chittum in the Columbia Journalism Review, and others, disputed D'Souza's assertions about Barack Obama.
Conservative publications also criticized D'Souza's theory. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative states, "Dinesh D'Souza has authored what may possibly be the most ridiculous piece of Obama analysis yet written...All in all, D'Souza's article reads like a bad conspiracy theory." Larison also criticizes D'Souza suggestion that Obama is anti-business, noting his lack of evidence. Andrew Ferguson of The Weekly Standard writes, "D'Souza always sees absence of evidence as evidence of something or other...There is, indeed, a name for the beliefs that motivate President Obama, but it's not anticolonialism; it's not even socialism. It's liberalism!" The magazine published D'Souza's letter, in which he expressed surprise "at the petty, vindictive tone of Andrew Ferguson's review".
His book, The Roots of Obama's Rage, of which the Forbes article was a condensed version, was published in September 2010. He explores in greater detail his interpretation of Barack Obama's past and how it formed his beliefs. The book was on The New York Times Best Seller list for more than four weeks beginning October 17, 2010. D'Souza appeared on Glenn Beck in September 2010 to explain some of his theories.
2016: Obama's America film
Next, D'Souza began to work with Gerald R. Molen, co-producer of Schindler's List, on a documentary film called 2016: Obama's America. Through interviews and reenactments, the film compares the similarities in the lives of D'Souza and President Barack Obama. D'Souza suggests his theory of how early influences on Obama are affecting the decisions he makes as president. The film's tagline is "Love him or hate him, you don't know him." The film has been critiqued on the grounds that what D'Souza claims to be an investigation of Obama includes considerable projection and speculation and selective borrowing from Obama's autobiography to prove his own psychobiography. The Obama administration described the film as "an insidious attempt to dishonestly smear the president".
After a limited release on July 13, 2012, the release was expanded to over 1,000 theaters in late August 2012 and reached more than 2,000 theaters before the end of September 2012. As of October 19, 2012, the film had grossed more than $33.4 million, making it the 4th highest-grossing documentary of all time and the 2nd highest-grossing political documentary of all time in the United States.
In March 2013, D'Souza announced work on a film titled America, for release in 2014. He announced the film at Conservative Political Action Conference 2013. The Atlantic Wire has called the planned movie a sequel to 2016: Obama's America. The trailer for the film premiered on January 26, 2014, stating the film would be released "in time for the Fourth of July holiday", and that the basis of the film is D'Souza debating Noam Chomsky on the merits of American exceptionalism.
Election campaign finance conviction and allegations of political persecution
In January 2014, D'Souza was indicted by federal prosecutors and charged with campaign finance law violations. He was arraigned in a Manhattan federal court on January 24. The two charges were for making illegal campaign contributions, with a maximum sentence of two years incarceration, and causing false statements to be made to the FEC, with a maximum sentence of five years incarceration.
D'Souza's attorney argued that D'Souza "did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever" and described the incident as "at most ... an act of misguided friendship". His co-producers alleged that the indictment was politically motivated retribution for the success of his 2016 movie. In May, United States District Judge Richard M. Berman rejected that contention, stating, "The court concludes the defendant has respectfully submitted no evidence he was selectively prosecuted."
On May 20, 2014, D'Souza pleaded guilty to one felony count of making illegal contributions in the names of others. D'Souza told Judge Berman, "I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids. I deeply regret my conduct." It is expected that the second, more serious charge will be dropped when sentencing occurs.
In 1992, D'Souza married Dixie Brubaker, whom he first met when he worked in Washington, D.C. They have one daughter. In his book Life After Death: The Evidence, D'Souza stated that Dixie had a near-death experience at the age of 19. The couple lived together in California until D'Souza moved to New York as president of King's College. He maintained a residence near San Diego where his wife and daughter remained.
In an October 16, 2012 article in World Magazine, author Warren Cole Smith reported on D'Souza's activities after a September 28 talk that year in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Smith said that D'Souza, who was married at the time, checked into a hotel with another woman, and left with her the following day. In his rebuttal, D'Souza said that he and his wife had separated. He confirmed that he had been engaged to Denise Odie Joseph, noted in the article. After an investigation by officials at King's College, he suspended the engagement to Joseph. It was later revealed that Joseph was also married at the time of the Spartanburg visit. D'Souza officially filed for divorce from Dixie on October 4, 2012.
After D'Souza's engagement became public, the trustees of The King's College announced after meeting on October 17, 2012, that D'Souza had resigned his position as president of the university in order "to attend to his personal and family needs". The scandal resonated at the college because "The King's College is not a typical institution of higher learning. It is a tiny Christian college based in a downtown Manhattan office building, whose mission statement articulates a 'commitment to the truths of Christianity and a biblical worldview'".
Books authored by D'Souza include:
- 1984: Falwell, Before the Millennium: A Critical Biography, Regnery Publishing (ISBN 0-89526-607-5)
- 1986: The Catholic Classics (ISBN 0-87973-545-7)
- 1987: My Dear Alex: Letters From The KGB (with Gregory Fossedal), Regnery Publishing (ISBN 0-89526-576-1)
- 1991: Illiberal Education (ISBN 0-684-86384-7)
- 1995: The End of Racism (ISBN 0-684-82524-4)
- 1997: Ronald Reagan: How An Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader (ISBN 0-684-84823-6)
- 2000: The Virtue of Prosperity (ISBN 0-684-86815-6)
- 2002: What's So Great About America, Regnery Publishing (ISBN 0-89526-153-7)
- 2002: Letters to a Young Conservative (ISBN 0-465-01734-7)
- 2007: The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 (ISBN 0-385-51012-8)
- 2007: What's So Great About Christianity, Regnery Publishing (ISBN 1-596-98517-8)
- 2009: Life After Death: The Evidence (ISBN 978-1596980990)
- 2010: The Roots of Obama's Rage, Regnery Publishing (ISBN 9781596986251)
- 2012: Godforsaken: Bad things happen. Is there a God who cares? YES. Here's proof, Tyndale House (ISBN 978-1414324852)
- 2012: Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream, Regnery Publishing (ISBN 1596987782)
- 2014: America: Imagine a World without Her, Regnery Publishing (ISBN 978-1-62157-203-9)
D'Souza has also contributed to:
- 2008: Foreword to Conspiracies and the Cross by Timothy Paul Jones, Frontline Books (ISBN 1-599-79205-2)
Articles written by D'Souza include:
- "Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history"
- "Atheism and Child Murder"
- "Moon's Planet: The Politics and Theology of the Unification Church"
- "Ten Great Things About America"
- "How Ronald Reagan Won The Cold War"
- "Technology And Moral Progress"
- "We the Slaveowners: In Jefferson's America, Were Some Men Not Created Equal?"
- "The Self Esteem Hoax"
- "Two Cheers For Colonialism"
- "Reagan Versus The Intellectuals"
- "10 things to celebrate: Why I'm an anti-anti-American"
- "God Knows Why Faith is Thriving"
- "How Obama Thinks", Forbes cover story, with correction, 2010-09-27 issue. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
- "Why Barack Obama is an anti-colonialist"
- 2016: Obama's America, executive producer, co-director, co-writer, and star.
- Michael Moore Hates America, co-star.
- America, executive producer, director, co-writer, and star.
- "Dinesh D'Souza". NNDB. Soylent Communications. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
- "About Dinesh D'Souza NY Times Bestselling Author | Dinesh D'Souza". Dineshdsouza.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- "Forbes Article Spurs Media Soul Searching". The New York Times. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- Kaminer, Ariel (October 19, 2012). "Dinesh d'Souza is out as King's college president in scandal". The New York Times.
- "Press Page for Dinesh D'Souza – NY Times Bestselling Author | Dinesh D'Souza". Dineshdsouz.com. 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- "New Atheists Are Not Great". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- Dinesh D'Souza. "Staring into the Abyss". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- "Dinesh D'Souza: What's So Great About Christianity". FORA.tv. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- "[What's So Great About Christianity] - C-SPAN Video Library". C-spanvideo.org. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- Grady Smith, "How '2016: Obama's America' became a box office hit – and where it goes from here", Entertainment Weekly, 28 August 2012
- Dana Davidsen (23 January 2014). "Conservative commentator, author Dinesh D'Souza indicted". CNN. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- Profiles of eminent Goans, past and present (1997), J. Clement Vaz, Concept Publishing Company, ISBN 9788170226192, p. 332
- Helen Zia, "Notable Asian Americans", 1995, p 72
- Chidanand Rajghatta, "Indian-American scholar's anti-Obama film storms US box-office", The Economic Times, 29 August 2012
- Dinesh D'Souza biography, St. Stanislaus Ex-Students Association
- "About Dinesh D'Souza". Dinesh D'Souza. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
- "Person Detail: Dinesh D'Souza". Independent Institute. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- "Critical Monthly Rouses Princeton". The New York Times. 1984-04-29. p. 52.
- "20 years of Policy Review", Policy Review, July 1997
- Dinesh D'Souza (2002). What's So Great About America. Regnery Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-89526-153-3.
- "The King's College, Press Release". Tkc.edu. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- The King's College press release (July 23, 2012). "The King's College Occupies Wall St." Accessed August 29, 2012.
- "Dinesh D'Souza Resigns Presidency of The King's College". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- Melissa Steffan, Dinesh D'Souza Resigns as President of The King's College, Christianity Today, 10/18/2012
- D'Souza (2002), Letters to a Young Conservative, p. 5
- D'Souza (2002), Letters to a Young Conservative, p. 9
- salon.com/news, January 20, 2007
- Thomas Sowell (2002-06-07). "What's So Great About America?". Capitalism Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
- D'Souza, Letters to a Young Conservative, pp. 105–6
- Q&A with Dinesh D'Souza, Enter Stage Right
- D'Souza's Now Evangelical, or is he? by Scot McKnight
- "The King's College, President's Blog". Tkc.edu. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
- Dinesh D'Souza, "Atheism, not religion, is the real force behind the mass murders of history", Christian Science Monitor, November 21, 2006
- Jennifer Schuessler, "Inside the List", The New York Times, 13 November 2009
- D'Souza, Dinesh (April 7, 2008) The Failure of Intelligent Design, Town Hall, 7 April 2008
- "Discriminating Against Religion". Catholiceducation.org. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
- D'Souza, Dinesh (2007). What's So Great About Christianity. Tyndale, p. 56.
- "Brian Saint-Paul: Knowing the Enemy – Dinesh D'Souza on Islam and the West". Catholicity.com. 2007-01-31. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
- Robert Spencer (March 6, 2007). "Serge Trifkovic catches out Dinesh D'Souza". Jihad Watch.
- Dinesh D'Souza (2007-03-02). "Letting Bin Laden Define Islam". AOL. Retrieved 2012-10-18, from secondary site New Age Islam
- Lee, Adam (November 17, 2011). "Intelligence Squared: Would the World Be Better Without Religion?". Big Think. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- "The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion". Intelligence squared debates. November 15, 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- Michiko Kakutani, "Dispatch from Gomorrah, Savaging the Cultural Left", The New York Times, 6 February 2007
- "Home:About US". Townhall.com. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
- "Dinesh D'Souza". Speakers Network Worldwide. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- "Daniel Dennett debates Dinesh D'Souza". RichardDawkins.net. 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- Bohlen, Celestine (September 29, 2001). "In New War on Terrorism, Words Are Weapons, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- Dinesh D'Souza, The Colbert Report
- "Can There Be Morality without God?" Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- "Debating 'God's Problem': Why We Suffer" Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- "Is Religion the Problem?". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
- David Silverman Debates Dinesh D'souza, Richard Dawkins Foundation
- Eyeing the Enemy. Nationalreview.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-20.
- The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and It's Responsibility for 9/11 | Dinesh D'Souza. | (2012-04-07). Retrieved on 2012-05-20.
- Bass, Warren (January 14, 2007). "Incendiary". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- Wolfe, Alan (2007-01-21). "The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11] – By Dinesh D'Souza. – Books – Review". The New York Times.
- The Closing of the Conservative Mind, Dinesh D'Souza, National Review Online, March 12, 2007
- An NRO Symposium on The Enemy at Home on National Review Online. Article.nationalreview.com (2007-03-16). Retrieved on 2012-05-20.
- The New York Times Bestsellers, 11/11/2007
- Life After Death website
- Dinesh D'Souza How Obama Thinks (September 9) Forbes Magazine September 27, 2010 p. 5
- D'Souza's The Roots of Obama's Rage rooted in lies Media Matters October 4, 2010
- Ryan Chittum. "Forbes' Shameful Piece on Obama as the "Other"". Columbia Journalism Review.
- Daniel Larison. "Obama, Anticolonial Hegemonist?". The American Conservative.
- Andrew Ferguson. "The Roots of Lunacy". The Weekly Standard.
- Andrew Ferguson. "The Roots of Lunacy, Cont.". The Weekly Standard.
- Schuessler, Jennifer (October 17, 2010). "Best Sellers Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- Glenn Beck 9/30/2010 transcript. Foxnews.com (2010-09-30). Retrieved on 2012-05-20.
- Betsy Sharkey, "2016: Obama's America' goes by the book", Los Angeles Times, 26 August 2012
- Webster, Andy (2012-08-12). "Documentary Exploring Obama's Political Roots". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- Fouhy, Beth (2012-08-28). "Is D'Souza's anti-Obama film 'subjective'?". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
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- Paul Bond (16 March 2013). "'2016: Obama's America' Filmmakers Making Follow-Up Film (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Dinesh D'Souza (2013). Dinesh D'Souza Remarks at Conservative Political Action Conference. C-SPAN. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Connor Simpson (16 March 2013). "Dinesh D'Souza's '2016: Obama's America' Made Enough Money to Warrant a Sequel". Atlantic Wire. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Stempel, Jonathan (2014-01-23). "Dinesh D'Souza indicted for violating U.S. election law". Reuters. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
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- On Life After Death by Paul Kengor
- On What's So Great About Christianity with Timothy Paul Jones
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- Interview on In Depth, February 4, 2007
- Interview with the National Review Online
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