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Anne Hendershott

Biography

Dr. Anne Hendershott is a professor in the Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is one of the nation’s leading Catholic sociologists. Author of numerous books including The Politics of Abortion (2006), Hendershott currently serves as the Pope John Paul II Fellow in Student Development at the Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. She regularly writes about Catholic issues for The Wall Street Journal, Catholic World Report, and other secular and religious outlets. She is frequently interviewed by The Washington Times, National Review Online, EWTN Radio Network, and other news outlets.

Hendershott: “Pope Francis and the ‘religion of humanity'”

As individuals move away from organized religion, they begin to search elsewhere for meaning in their lives. Some turn to relationships, to work, or to politics. In doing so, they become creatures not of God but of society-politics. One then has the choice to either rule or be ruled, and the stakes can be no higher, because for the secular humanist man is the highest being, and so power among men is the highest good.

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Hendershott: “The Politics of Envy”

As progressive politicians rediscover that envy can be a path to power, they are trying to outdo each other in their promises to punish those they have defined as the “super-rich.” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has proposed a “wealth tax” on those with over $50 million in assets.

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Hendershott: “Anti-Semitism Growing on America’s Campuses”

As Anti-Semitism continues to grow unchecked on colleges campuses, and within a small cohort currently serving in the United States Congress, Belgium offers a glimpse into a frightening future for us if the hateful rhetoric is allowed to escalate. During the same week that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) complained about undue Jewish influence in this country and the Jewish “allegiance to a foreign country,” a Carnival parade in the city of Aalst, Belgium on March 3rd, featured anti-Semitic floats with vicious caricatures of stereotypically Jewish figures.

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Hendershott: “The Contradictions of Mayor Pete Buttigieg”

Moving from political obscurity as the gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to the media’s flavor-of-the-month Democratic presidential candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced last week that his campaign has raised over $7 million since launching his exploratory committee in January. “Mayor Pete,” as he has asked his constituents to call him, is the first of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to reveal his fundraising total since the first quarter ended on March 31.

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Hendershott: “NY’s progressive politicians prepare the battlefield for assisted suicide”

Emboldened after their victory in passing what Cardinal Dolan has called “ghoulish” legislation aimed at the death of inconvenient pre-born children, New York State’s progressive politicians have already begun their well-funded war on the elderly, the disabled, and the terminally ill as the suicide advocacy group, Compassion & Choices, plans to kick off its 2019 “Medical Aid in Dying Act” campaign this month.

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Hendershott: “What is behind the increase in ‘witches’ in the US?”

As the number of self-identified witches in the United States has surpassed the number of Presbyterians, it is helpful to recall G.K. Chesterton’s adage that when we stop believing in God, we begin to believe in anything. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that about 0.4 percent of Americans identify themselves as Pagan or Wiccan, a significant increase over previous years.

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Hendershott: “Azusa Pacific U Changes its Policy on Same-Sex Relationships– and Then Changes Back”

Claiming that the “culture of heteronormativity” at Azusa Pacific University has created “chaos, confusion, and dissonance” for the university’s LGBT community, Erin Green, a recent APU graduate, was determined to change that culture. Co-executive director of Brave Commons, a national organization that aims to remove barriers to full inclusion for LGBT students at Christian universities, Green has spent more than a year in negotiations with administrators at APU to eliminate the traditional Christian university’s policy banning romantic relationships among same-sex students.

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Hendershott: “Feminists Blame the Victim in an Explosive Sexual Assault Case”

The Title IX world turned upside down when Avital Ronell, a “world renowned” lesbian New York University professor, was “found responsible” for ongoing physical and verbal sexual harassment of Nimrod Reitman, her male graduate student. Reitman, who identifies as gay and is now married to a man, claims that Ronell, age 66, refused to work with him unless he allowed her to kiss and grope him repeatedly, and sleep with him.

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Hendershott: “The Catholic Roots of the New Socialism”

In a primary defeat that the New York Times has called “the most significant loss for a Democratic incumbent in more than a decade,” ten-term Representative Joseph Crowley of New York was defeated in a Queens and Bronx district that is majority-minority by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina.

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Hendershott: “Can a Catholic University be too Catholic?”

Concerned about a nearly $3.5 million operational deficit and falling enrollments, Catholic University of America—long considered the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States—hired a group of consultants who reportedly told them the university’s religious identity was actually a liability in recruiting students.

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Hendershott: “The Decline and Fall of Sociology”

As totalitarian modes of rule continue to decline throughout the world, readers of Minding the Campus will recognize the insidious strain of totalitarianism that has emerged on many college campuses—one that is characterized by the bullying, and sometimes silencing of faculty and students who deviate even slightly from the prescribed progressive campus politics.

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Hendershott: “Will Colleges Divest from The Gun Industry?”

Bowing to pressure from MoveOn.org, Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, the President of St. Thomas University in Miami, issued an ultimatum on March 13 to Anita Britt, his Chief Financial and Administrative Officer: choose between your work for this university or membership on the Board of American Outdoor Brands, the former Smith & Wesson Holding Company cited as the maker of the AR-15 that Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz used –you can’t do both.

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Hendershott: “Transgenderism: Semantic Contagion or Biological Fact?”

While there has been a dearth of reliable data on the surge in numbers of transgender children and adults in the United States, data from Sweden, Australia, and the United Kingdom indicates an explosion in demand for gender-identity treatment. According to the Guardian, the UK’s 14 gender identity clinics have seen referral increases of up to 100 percent in the past year.

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Hendershott: “Progressive Politicians Two-Faced Over Due Process Rights”

For nearly a decade, progressive politicians like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) helped to create a culture that has denied due process protections to college students accused of sexual harassment and assault. Convinced that college campuses had become havens for rapists, Senator Gillibrand and her progressive peers in the Senate helped to usher in new federal requirements under Title IX.

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Hendershott: “The Purge of the Deviants May Go Too Far”

Sociologist Emile Durkheim would find validation for his theory of deviance in the fury surrounding sexual harassment and abuse by powerful men in politics, the media, business, and academia. More than one hundred years ago, Durkheim argued that the reason acts of deviance are identified and publicly punished is because defining deviant behavior reinforces social order, and inhibits future deviance.

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Hendershott: “The Campus Left’s Mass Attack on Amy Wax and Middle Class Values”

In an attempt to document “the impact of web-driven political outrage” on the lives of professors, The Chronicle of Higher Education launched a series called “Professors in the Political Cross Hairs.” Updated periodically whenever a new story unfolds of web-based attacks on professors for their classroom comments, opinion essays, tweets, or Facebook posts, The Chronicle series added an essay one week by a professor who promises to: “Teach Administrators Not to Cave Into Right-Wing Outrage.”

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Hendershott: “Hollywood’s dishonest campus rape panic”

For all of its flaws and fabrications, “The Hunting Ground,” Harvey Weinstein’s activist documentary film about sexual assault on college campuses, finally succeeded in helping to actually identify a real predator — the filmmaker himself. And, although some of his apologists like filmmaker Rob Reiner tried to excuse Mr. Weinstein’s predatory behavior…

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Hendershott: “Devos’ New Focus on Rights of the Accused”

In her speech last week on how colleges handle accusations of sexual assault., Education Secretary Betsy DeVos promised to “end the era of rule by letter” begun by the Obama administration. The reference was to the “Dear Colleague” letter sent to colleges and universities by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights on April 4, 2011, offering “guidance” but in effect mandating new procedures notably harsher toward the accused.

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Hendershott: “What, the Devil?

In a futile attempt to broaden its appeal, the Church of England in 2015 removed any mention of Satan from its baptismal ritual. Claiming to have “test-marketed” a simplified service throughout the United Kingdom, clergy concluded that asking parents and godparents to reject the devil and all rebellion against God, “put people off who are offended to be addressed as sinners.” Driven by powerful clergy within the Church of England, and approved by the General Synod in Kent, the new baptismal rite was an attempt to demonstrate their church was sufficiently progressive to longer need to renounce Satan in order to “live in the freedom of the children of God.”

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Hendershott: “First they came for the Confederacy”

While most Catholic leaders have been silent about the removal of the statues of Confederate War hero Robert E. Lee, and the desecration of statues of Abraham Lincoln and Christopher Columbus, it may be time for them to get involved in the debate as religious statues are now on the chopping block.

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Hendershott: “Reaping What We’ve Sown”

The recent research revelation that sperm counts for men living in the West have plunged by 60 percent since 1971 provides readers of P.D. James’ great dystopian novel, The Children of Men, with a prediction of an unsettling future for a society that can no longer reproduce.  Set in Britain in 2021, James’s frightening fiction described a world of mass infertility among males – a world in which no children have been born in more than twenty-five years.

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Hendershott: Political Partisans Within The Ivy-Covered Halls

In her address last month at CPAC 2017, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos strongly criticized the nation’s college campuses for trying to indoctrinate students. She claimed that the faculty — “from adjunct professors to deans” — are telling students “what to say, and more ominously, what to think. On many college campuses, if you voted for Donald Trump, you’re a threat to the university community.”

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Hendershott: President of Catholic university in D.C. attacks Kellyanne Conway

In a normal world, university presidents are grateful for their graduates. They invite them back to campus, honor their achievements, and celebrate their accomplishments. University presidents know that the alumni are the most faithful constituency they have, and most avoid doing anything that might offend them. So, why would Patricia McGuire, the President of the Catholic Trinity Washington University, accuse Kellyanne Conway—one of Trinity’s most accomplished graduates—of “spreading a skein of lies” in her work as a senior advisor to President Donald Trump?

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Hendershott: Can Sociology Be Saved?

In its most recent “Two Minutes Hate” on President Trump, The Nation magazine’s hyperbolic headline warned, “Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination.” Claiming that if signed, the president’s order “would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion and trans identity, The Nation predicts that the order would “exceed the authority of executive branch,” and “risk violating the Establishment Clause of the first Amendment to the Constitution.”

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Hendershott: Pro-life in the Time of Trump

Like Marjorie Dannenfelser, I did not support President-elect Donald Trump during the primaries—I still have the “Cruz for President” memorabilia and membership card I received in the mail after I made a donation to the Texas senator’s campaign.

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Hendershott: 75 Christian Leaders Sign Charter Rejecting Coercive SOGI Laws

In an attempt to affirm “every American’s freedom to peacefully live their lives according to their beliefs,” 75 religious leaders came together this past week as charter signatories of “Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercion”, a statement that “opposes government coercion or censorship of fellow citizens who have different views.” United by the idea that all laws must respect religious freedom and promote justice for all, those signing the statement decry the ways in which “efforts to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classifications in the law have threatened basic freedoms of religion, conscience, speech, and association; violate privacy rights; and expose citizens to significant legal and financial liability for practicing their beliefs in the public square.”

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Hendershott: Persons or property? Celebrity Embryo Lawsuit Escalates

While much of the media ridiculed businessman Nick Loeb when he filed a lawsuit last year to prevent his former fiancée, TV star Sofia Vergara, from destroying the frozen embryos they created together in 2013, sentiment may shift following a disturbing development in the case. In an attempt to show that Loeb is dishonestly claiming to be “pro-life” in his quest to gain custody of the embryonic children the couple created together, Vegara’s attorneys have petitioned a California court to force Loeb to disclose the names of two women who underwent abortions after he impregnated them more than 20 years ago.

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