Daniel Wenger’s New Year’s Eve post at the New Yorker quotes John on moral leadership and the new presidential administration:

John Corvino, a professor of philosophy at Wayne State University who has written widely on gay rights, told me that the one change that is certain as we head into 2017 is a departure of “moral leadership” on a national level—the kinds of public gestures like the one President Obama made last month, when he awarded a teary Ellen DeGeneres the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in helping to “push our country in the direction of justice.”

Read the full piece here.


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Both Czech and Spanish subtitles are now available on my “What’s Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?” video. Just click on the little gear symbol on the lower right of the screen (to the right of CC), click on “Subtitles/CC,” and click on “Czech” or “Spanish.” Many thanks to David Koranda for the Czech translation and to Pedro Michel, Dr. Paula Oliva-Fiori, and Dr. Roxana Zuniga for the Spanish translation. 

U mého videa “Co je morálně špatného na homosexualitě?” jsou nově k dispozici české titulky. Stačí kliknout na tlačítko s ozubeným kolečkem ve spodní liště přehrávače (vpravo od obrázku titulků), najet si na “Titulky” a vybrat “češtinu”. Za překlad mnohokrát děkuji Davidu Korandovi.

Subtítulos en español disponibles en mi video “What’s Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?”. Haz clic en el ícono de la parte inferior derecha de la pantalla (a la derecha del CC), clic en “Subtítulos/CC” y selecciona “Spanish/Español”. Muchas gracias a Pedro Michel, a la Dr. Roxana Zúñiga y a la Dra Paula Oliva-Fiori por la traducción.

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On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, I discuss the recent “bathroom bill” in North Carolina. From the interview:

The idea that this is about safety and security, it’s kind of like when somebody says that they ate all the ice cream in order to make room in the freezer. I mean it’s just obvious that that’s not the real reason. This is about discrimination, particularly against transgender people.

It’s a quick interview, and by the time I start getting warmed up, it’s over. But you can watch the full segment here.

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I’m excited to return to the University of Texas at Austin–where I received my Ph.D. in 1998–to participate in a public panel on the “Freedom of Religious Expression.” It’s on Thursday February 4th at 5:30 pm in the College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA) 1.302B; my co-panelists are Prof. Douglas Laycock of the University of Virginia and Prof. Marci Hamilton of Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University. More information here.

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