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.
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.
Not long ago I was asked, “What is the piece of writing of which you are most proud?” I answered that the work of which I am most proud is not a piece of writing: It’s a lecture, “What’s Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?”, which I first delivered in 1992 and then spent years honing and presenting all around the country. (It later was the basis for my 2013 book What’s Wrong with Homosexuality?.)
The 2007 version is available on YouTube, with subtitles in English, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Chinese, and Portuguese. I still get mail from around the world from people who find it helpful as they struggle with coming out.
Sadly, coming out continues to be a struggle for many–not only in far-away places but also here in our own backyard–as parents (knowingly or unknowingly) tell their LGBTQ children that their feelings are sick, unnatural, morally disordered, and worse.
We’ve made a lot of progress, and we still have a lot of work to do. #NCOD
In Commonweal, Robert K. Vischer (Dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law) offers a thoughtful, balanced, and highly favorable review of Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, John’s new book with Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis. From the review:
Lobbing broad accusations across our religious-liberty battle lines takes very little effort and is a sure-fire way to draw an enthusiastic crowd of the like-minded. Corvino, Anderson, and Girgis are no strangers to these battles, but they have also taken the time to ensure that they are not strangers to each other. For a nation that seems more divided than ever, that’s a great place to start.
John has a busy fall travel schedule, including a recent debate at Notre Dame (see video here), and talks next week at Old Dominion University, Harvard Law School, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. See the full calendar here.
On August 17, John returned to BookPeople in Austin, Texas–which has graciously hosted events for every one of his books, including his 1997 anthology Same Sex–to talk about his new book Debating Religious Liberty and Discriminationto a packed house.
On July 11, John spoke at Bay View, a Chautauqua in northern Michigan. As explained in this story from the Petosky News, his presentation was the inaugural lecture in a new series entitled “Bridges: Crossing Cultural Divides.”
Between the Lines, the Michigan LGBT paper where John got his start as a columnist in 2002, just published a nice profile of him reflecting back on his 25 years of advocacy. From the profile:
“For someone so young, John has been at it for a long time – making a patient, compelling, persuasive, clear case for the morality and common sense of gay and transgender inclusion, equality, and freedom,” said Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry.
“John’s hallmarks are putting rational arguments in emotional and easy-to-follow terms, mixing in effective metaphors and analogies as well as humor. He is always fair, almost to a fault, in stating the positions and assuming the good faith of opponents. And with regard to those opponents, he has shown a preternatural patience in engaging with some doozies for a very long time, representing us and doing us proud on the front lines of intellectual debate and persuasion.”