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In the Detroit Free Press, John explains the Court’s decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. From the piece:

The case was not “narrowly decided” in the sense of being a close verdict: Indeed, it was a 7-2 decision. But it was “narrowly written,” in the sense of applying only to this particular commission’s treatment of this particular baker in this particular case. It does not decide, one way or another, whether bakers generally have a right to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

John was also asked to share his thoughts with the Christian Science Monitor. He responded:

The decision didn’t settle the hard questions, but it acknowledged that there are indeed hard questions here and that we won’t do a good job of addressing them if we’re too quick to label either side as “despicable.” In doing so, it invited us all to turn down the heat in the culture wars – a result I very much welcome.

Read his further thoughts in his full Freep op-ed here.

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At The New York Times, John explains how to draw a line between some of the cake cases in the news. From the article:

Therein lies the crucial difference between the cases: Silva’s objection was about what she sold; a design-based objection. Phillips’s objection was about to whom it was sold; a user-based objection. The gay couple never even had the opportunity to discuss designs with Phillips, because the baker made it immediately clear that he would not sell them any wedding cake at all.

Read the full article here.

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John, who is on research leave this year, has spent the month of November in Europe as a Visiting Scholar at KU Leuven, Belgium’s largest university, also giving lectures in the UK. Above, he is pictured lecturing at KU Leuven on religious liberty and discrimination. Below, clockwise from top left: At the Oxford University Press Philosophy Festival at Blackwell’s Bookshop; at KU Leuven; at a research seminar with Cambridge University’s Faculty of Law; at a public lecture at Cambridge.

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The Provost of Wayne State University has announced that John will become the next dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, effective Summer 2018. From the announcement:

“I am excited to begin this new role, having enjoyed working with our Honors students in many classes during my two decades at Wayne State,” said Corvino. “I am deeply humbled to follow founding Dean Jerry Herron, who has built a fantastic college worthy of the exceptional students it serves.”

Read the full announcement here.

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The Deseret News has an interesting piece on name-calling in the culture wars which includes some comments from John and his occasional dialogue partner Matthew Lee Anderson.

From the article:

Labeling in this context, like political name-calling elsewhere, is motivated by a variety of factors, including the desire to set the tone of public debates, Corvino said.

“Advocacy organizations are trying to win political victories and that often involves not giving any ground to the other side. If you start acknowledging nuance, that makes it harder for you to ultimately win,” he said.

And today’s religious freedom debates aren’t black and white, Corvino said.

“The reason these are difficult issues is that there are important values on each side,” he said.

Read the full article here.

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