Maggie Gallagher


Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

Stephen Tennes, a Michigan orchard and farm owner, has filed a lawsuit against the city of East Lansing for refusing to permit him to sell his fruits and vegetables at a city-sponsored farm market. What was his crime? He refused to host a same-sex wedding at his orchard and posted on his Facebook page “his Catholic belief that […]


Slovenia, where First Lady Melania Trump comes from, is a Catholic society. But Melania’s father was a Communist, so she wasn’t publicly baptized, and she didn’t receive her First Holy Communion at the same time as other children in her neighborhood. Something about watching her with the Pope, especially when she asked him to bless […]


Arizona just became the second state, after Utah, to remove state income tax from gold and silver coins. Ron Paul, for one, is cheering: Every supporter of free markets should cheer Arizona’s passage of HB 2014. There is no more justification for forcing individuals to use government created money than there is for forcing them […]


A new study by University of Chicago and University of California, Berkeley scholars Chiang-Tai Hsieh and Enrico Moretti suggests an economic villain shocking to the liberal imagination: San Francisco and New York. Yes, San Francisco, the glittering cosmopolis of the new money, and New York, the towering stronghold of the old money, are together responsible […]


Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, a south Jersey native and “something of a Philly boy” according to local news, spoke at the graduation of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Reporters were not allowed to record the event. But one local news outlet reports he gave a strong warning about diminishing respect for […]


Married people live healthier, happier, and longer lives, on average. They are better off financially and even have sex more often. But skeptics persistently wonder whether it is marriage itself that makes people healthier or whether it is just an illusion, a marker for something else. That debate will continue as long as liberals believe […]


A Kentucky appeals court has just delivered a stunning blow to the ongoing effort to redefine opposition to same-sex marriage as a form of discrimination against gay people. Blaine Adamson is a Kentucky native, a married family man supporting three kids, and a Christian. For the last ten years, he has owned and operated a small printing shop […]


Dear John: You’re a good man. A dear man. A man I know will someday find someone to love you. But we thought we made it crystal clear in 2016: you’re not the man for us. What part of losing 29 straight GOP primary contests don’t you get? Oh, then of course you won Ohio. […]


With the election of Emmanuel Macron as President of France, the two most powerful leaders in Europe — Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel — now share a certain characteristic: they have no children. (Hat tip: Gatestone Institute) Doing the work of raising the next generation is hard. It consumes resources. It requires sexual discipline. It carries […]


The mixed reviews of President Trump’s religious liberty executive order reflect two simple facts. First, by itself the order doesn’t do or change much. The ACLU tweeted that it had expected to be in court today over the executive order but instead concluded the order did little or nothing to change the status quo: Trump’s assertion […]


It seems impossible, but the board that controls 15 Catholic psychiatric hospitals owned by the Brothers of Charity in Belgium has just agreed to help kill patients because of “unbearable suffering.” “We take seriously unbearable and hopeless suffering and patients’ request for euthanasia,” the board said. “On the other hand, we do want to protect lives and […]


A new Census study shows one out of three millennials (age 18-34) are living with their parents. The majority of Americans (55 percent) no longer see getting married or having a child as an important marker of adulthood status. Only 26 percent see not living in your parents’ home as “very important” to adult status. […]


If you weren’t raised in Portland, Ore., as I was, you may not understand what a big deal this is. Portland is “the City of Roses” and for more than 80 years has celebrated by hosting a Rose Parade. When I was 5, I marched in that parade. Ten years ago, a business association decided to […]


The Center for Medical Progress has released another new video showing the head of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Pasadena, Calif., haggling over the price of baby body parts: You have to see it to really believe it. At a reception sponsored by Planned Parenthood’s national federation, with a glass of wine in hand, […]


The Democrats, like moths to the flame, can’t help turning Hillary Clinton into a martyr-hero. In Manhattan, she gets rapturous applause every time she goes to the theater, which she has taken to doing surprisingly often. Unlike George W. Bush or John McCain, she barely waited a few weeks before plunging into criticism of the President […]


In September 2008, a group of Islamists invaded the home of an Indonesian pastor, dragged him to the street, and demanded he convert to Islam. “When he refused, they cut off his finger,” reports Under Caesar’s Sword, a new study by 17 scholars of Christian persecution in 25 countries. “He still refused, so they chopped off his […]


The new Republican governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, just set the date for the special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat: August 15. Let the games begin. It’s pure Southern gothic. First, there is the man currently holding that seat, appointed by disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley as one of his final acts before […]


Trinity Lutheran was supposed to be the first big test for newly seated Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch: a religious liberty case which revolves on whether the government may deny grants to otherwise qualifying preschools on the grounds they are Christian preschools. Trinity Lutheran applied to participate in a program giving nonprofit playgrounds recycled tires […]


The Democrats, riding a wave of liberal anger and angst in the era of Donald Trump, hoped to begin picking off the GOP majority in Congress early. Their first fail was in last week’s Kansas special election, where Republican Ron Estes beat the Democrat James Thompson by 7 points. Next up: Georgia, where Democrats hoped […]


Private colleges in New York are worried. They should be. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly passed legislation — offering free tuition at state universities and community colleges to students in families making up to $125,000 a year — is going to put a lot of private schools out of business. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. […]