NDPR reviews DRLD

At the online Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Nicholas Bamforth provides a thoughtful review of Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination. His takeaway: Overall, this book is a thought-provoking endeavour, and it is commendable that the authors have tried to challenge one another and to find areas of agreement. Their willingness to reach out and engage in… Continue reading NDPR reviews DRLD

The Message of Masterpiece

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… Continue reading The Message of Masterpiece

John and Martha Nussbaum on Scalia

On Sunday May 20, John joined Professor Martha Nussbaum at the University of Chicago’s Court Theatre following a performance of The Originalist–John Strand’s play about the late Justice Antonin Scalia–to discuss law, religion, and LGBT rights. The Windy City Times wrote about their dialogue here.

Princeton Panel on Masterpiece Cakeshop

On May 9 at Princeton, John joined his DRLD counterpoint authors Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, along with moderator Robert P. George and respondents Christopher Tollefsen and Kevin Vallier, to talk about their book and about the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Here’s The Daily Princetonian‘s story on the event; a video should be forthcoming soon.

Concordia Debate Video

In January, John did several events with his Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination counterpoint author Ryan T. Anderson, including this one at Concordia University in Irvine, California.

John on CNN

On CNN, John discussed the U.S. Supreme Court “wedding-cake case” with host Michael Smerconish. Watch the full video here.

Slicing the Cake Cases

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… Continue reading Slicing the Cake Cases

Europe Lectures

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… Continue reading Europe Lectures