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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

Chinese Muslims attend a prayer session to mark the start of Ramadan at the Niujie mosque, the oldest and largest mosque in Beijing, China, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Muslims throughout the world start observing the holy month of Ramadan, when the observant refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China bans Ramadan fasting in Muslim northwest

Chinese authorities are cracking down on religious activities following deadly unrest in the country's Muslim northwest, banning citizens from fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Published July 2, 2014

 This May 18, 2010, file photo shows Oum Al Khyr Charlton, gesturing while addressing reporters during a press conference held in Montreuil, east of Paris. A ban on the burqa-style veil, voted on Tuesday in the Senate, would affect only a tiny minority of Muslim women, estimated at less than 2,000, making it far less controversial than France's 2004 ban on Muslim headscarves in classrooms, which proliferated in heavily immigrant neighborhoods.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, file)

France's burqa ban upheld by human rights court

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld the French ban on burqas and niqabs, rejecting claims by Muslims who say the law violates their religious rights. Published July 1, 2014

Elton John and partner David Furnish in 2005. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Elton John: Jesus Christ would support gay marriage

Elton John argued Sunday that Jesus Christ would support the idea of two gay priests tying the knot and that the celibacy vow among clergy is an "old and stupid" rule that should be abolished. Published June 29, 2014