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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at msomers@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Meredith Somers

In this June 14, 2014 photo, Brigitte Schaefer, left, her son Tim Schaefer, center, and Tim's partner, John Duncan, applaud as Frank Schaefer receives an Open Door Award for his public advocacy in Massachusetts, at Old South Church, in Boston. Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, accepted the award the weekend before a Methodist judicial panel was scheduled to hear his appeal to continue in the ministry. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Higher Ground: 'Holy' horror film set to premiere

The Year of the Faith-Based Movie is not over yet, and with pet projects, sweeping epics and tear-jerker dramas all finding success at the box office, it's only fitting that the horror genre gets a shot at audiences. Published August 7, 2014

Bondage-themed hotel near chapel irks Spanish villagers

A Spanish bondage-themed hotel complete with dungeon has found its hands tied by local government leaders who are worried visitors to a nearby chapel might be scared off by the clientele. Published August 5, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim, who recently left her home country of Sudan after being held for refusing to recant her Christian faith, is moving to New Hampshire. (Associated Press)

Higher Ground: 'Christian' Grey

It's a safe bet Valentine's Day 2015 is going to be one of the most romantic in a long while. Days after the release of a trailer for the hotly anticipated movie adaptation of "50 Shades of Grey," Variety announced that a Christian-friendly alternative was in the works and due out the same holiday weekend as its naughtier counterpart. Published July 31, 2014

SNAP National Director David Clohessy said the group has come a long way in its 25 year history, and is "cautiously optimistic" about the future, which may involve reaching out to survivors in other faiths. (Associated Press)

Priest abuse survivors group marks milestone

Fearless advocates. Vicious enemies. The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests has been called a variety of names — positive and negative — in the last quarter century. Published July 30, 2014

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the Angelus prayer he delivers from the studio window overlooking St. Peter square at the Vatican, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in St. Peterís Square in unannounced, silent prayer for an end to the warfare in the Mideast. Francis called for insistent prayers for peace in the Holy Land during his Sunday window appearance to pilgrims and tourists. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis coming to Philly?

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Friday tamped down growing excitement over news that Pope Francis would be visiting the City of Brotherly Love next year. Published July 25, 2014

Incoming Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is sworn in during a ceremony at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Despite the recent violence in the region, Jewish youths continue to make pilgrimages to the nation.  (AP Photo/Ronen Zvulun, Pool)

Higher Ground: War no deterrent

Flights have been grounded and troops have been mobilized in and out of Israel because of ongoing violence, but young Jewish people are still making the trip as part of their birthright. Published July 24, 2014

Humanist services lacking in the military, advocates tell Congress

The American military might reflect the diversity of society, but its chaplains are falling short when it comes to representing nontheistic beliefs, said the American Humanist Association at its first congressional hearing on Tuesday. Published July 22, 2014

FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, the U.S. Capitol building is seen through the columns on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington. The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial footing for the long term. The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp cobbles together $10.8 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through May 2015. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Humanists hit the Hill to press for 'nontheistic' chaplains

The American military might reflect the diversity of society, but its chaplains are falling short when it comes to representing nontheistic believers in the ranks, the American Humanist Association told a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday. Published July 22, 2014

An Iraqi nun speaks with a Christian man who fled with his family from the Christian villages near Mosul at a school that was turned into a shelter for displaced Christian families, in Ainkawa, a suburb of Irbil, Iraq. The Islamic State group gave Mosul's Christians until midday Saturday to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. (Associated Press)

Islamic State's threatens Christians to win support of Muslims

The Islamic State group's demand that Christians in the city of Mosul convert to Islam or face death could be part of an attempt to win support among local Muslims via a harsh interpretation of the Koran to justify the violent threats against the religious minority, religion and human rights experts said. Published July 21, 2014

** FILE ** In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo actor George Clooney attends the premiere of "Gravity" at the AMC Lincoln Square Theaters, in New York. George Clooney has chastised a British newspaper over an article claiming his fiancee's mother disapproves of the impending marriage for religious reasons. Clooney said that the claims about his future mother-in-law Baria Alamuddin were untrue and irresponsible. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Higher Ground: George Clooney nails Mail

Spread whatever rumors about wedding reception and honeymoon details that you want, but don't fool around with faith when it comes to George Clooney. Published July 10, 2014