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Christopher Vondracek

Christopher Vondracek

Christopher Vondracek reports on The Washington Times' National desk with a beat in culture. He previously covered education and civil legal affairs for The Rapid City Journal in South Dakota. A native of Minnesota, he taught English in various colleges before leaving the classroom for the newsroom. Vondracek can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Christopher Vondracek

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Court overturns dismissal of private school prayer case

A federal appeals court this week overturned a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit that accuses Florida officials of violating the religious freedom of two Christian high schools seeking to read a prayer over a loudspeaker before their championship football game. Published November 14, 2019

Comcast Corporation will host a conference call with the financial community to discuss financial results for the first quarter on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). Comcast will issue a press release reporting its results earlier that morning. (Jeff Fusco/Comcast via AP Images)

Supreme Court hears racial bias claims against Comcast

An attorney representing a black-owned entertainment company Wednesday accused Comcast of refusing to air its channels due to racial bias, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that the cable company was violating one of the nation's oldest discrimination laws. Published November 13, 2019

In this Nov. 12, 2018, photo, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, left, sits with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, before the conference's annual fall meeting in Baltimore. Gomez overwhelmingly won election Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

Catholic bishops elect immigrant as leader

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected as president Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, an immigrant born in Mexico, on Tuesday morning in Baltimore. Published November 12, 2019

Bishops discussed gun control at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops annual general assembly in Baltimore. They were divided over specific congressional actions. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops mull abortion, gun control

Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, told a meeting of U.S. bishops Monday that the Vatican's long-awaited report on Theodore McCarrick has "resulted in great frustration on the part of bishops." Published November 11, 2019

In this April 29, 2016, file photo, David Robert Daleiden, right, with attorney Jared Woodfill leave a courtroom after a hearing in Houston. A federal judge found the anti-abortion activist, known for clandestine videos of abortion-rights advocates, in contempt on Monday, July 17, 2017, after additional secretly-taken recordings appeared online. In a separate legal matter, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 16, 2018 dealt a blow to Mr. Daleiden by refusing to toss out a Planned Parenthood lawsuit against the activist's organization, the Center for Medical Progress. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) **FILE**

Trial of undercover pro-life activists nears end

The civil trial of pro-life activists who shot video surreptitiously of Planned Parenthood employees and infiltrated abortion conferences using fake IDs will come to an end next week, after the defense wrapped up testimony in a San Francisco courtroom Thursday. Published November 8, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence is being criticized for his office's funding of federal aid to several Christian groups, particularly those in the Nineveh Plains of Iraq. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Mike Pence defends federal aid funneling to Christian groups

Vice President Mike Pence is not backing down from criticism that his office improperly funneled federal aid to several Christian groups, particularly those in the religiously diverse Nineveh Plains of Iraq, saying it's part of the Trump administration's "vision" for helping victims of Islamic State genocide. Published November 7, 2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses a regional summit of governors on public health issues around cannabis and vaping, Thursday Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Court: NY Christian adoption agency can stay open

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Christian adoption agency in New York cannot admit any new prospective parents while its legal standoff with the state continues. Published November 5, 2019

President Donald Trump smiles as pastor Paula White prepares to lead the room in prayer, during a dinner for evangelical leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

'I find myself inspired': Paula White-Cain on being Trump's Christian counselor

The spiritual adviser to President Trump says she has never wanted to walk away from God's most famous assignment for her -- even when she sat on a hotel bed in Paris, watching her Twitter followers dwindle after news broke that she would give the benediction at Mr. Trump's inauguration. Published November 2, 2019

This Thursday, July 19, 2012, file photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

San Antonio City Council targeted after Chick-fil-A, airport contract denial scandal

The Federal Aviation Administration's investigation of a Texas airport denying a contract to Chick-fil-A is part of the Trump administration's effort to fight liberal city councils that punish the fast-food chain for its ties to conservative Christian groups, an administration official told The Washington Times on background. Published October 31, 2019

Lower-performing students are doing worse in math and reading, dragging down overall results on the Nation's Report Card. Fourth graders posted a slight decline in math and a slight gain in reading, while eighth graders saw results fall in both subjects. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

DeVos: Biennial standardized test results 'devastating'

The 2019 Nation's Report Card shows that 2 out of 3 U.S. fourth and eighth graders in public school can't read proficiently at grade level, which Education Secretary Betsy DeVos described Wednesday as "devastating" and a "wake-up call." Published October 30, 2019

A 2014 file photo from the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. (AP Photo, Mike Householder) ** FILE **

University of Michigan ends Bias Response Teams

The University of Michigan has done away with definitions of "harassment" and "bullying" and dismantled its Bias Response Teams in order to end a lawsuit alleging First Amendment violations. Published October 29, 2019