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Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner

Mark A. Kellner is the Faith & Family reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Mark A. Kellner

In this file photo, The Satanic Temple unveils its statue of Baphomet, a winged-goat creature, at a rally for the first amendment in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.  (AP Photo/Hannah Grabenstein)  **FILE**

Satanist group tees up efforts to blunt abortion laws in Texas, Ohio

A "non-theistic" organization of Satanists has launched efforts to blunt abortion restrictions in Texas, Ohio and other states, including a Utah measure that would outlaw most abortions should the Supreme Court overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing the procedure. Published September 22, 2021

In this Sept. 13, 2021 file photo Pope Francis attends a meeting with priests, religious men and women, seminarians and catechists, at the Cathedral of Saint Martin, in Bratislava, Slovakia, Pope Francis has acknowledged his increasingly vocal right-wing critics, saying their nasty comments were the work of the devil and that some wanted me dead after his recent intestinal surgery. Francis made the comments during a Sept. 13 private meeting with Slovakian Jesuits soon after he arrived in the Slovak capital, Bratislava. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file) **FFILE**

Pope Francis’ remarks seen as rebuke of critical U.S. Catholic media

Pope Francis recently delivered an apparent rebuke to an American Catholic cable-and-satellite network EWTN for having "no hesitation" in attacking his eight-year-old pontificate, slamming what he termed attacks on the Roman Catholic Church from such critics as "the work of the devil." Published September 21, 2021

Sam Naz, a journalist and anchor for Britain's SkyNews cable channel, portrays captured WWII agent Noor Inayat Khan in "Liberté," a short drama that will premiere in Los Angeles on Sept. 24. (Courtesy photo)

Little-known British Muslim WWII spy story comes to film

Noor Inayat Khan, a British Muslim woman who was the first female radio espionage operator infiltrated into Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War, is about to get her 17 minutes of fame. Published September 19, 2021

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Orthodox Jewish men pass New York City police guarding a Brooklyn synagogue prior to a funeral for Mosche Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who was killed in a shooting at a Jersey City, N.J. market. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019, a group of security experts recommended that Jewish congregations opting to deploy armed security personnel in the wake of deadly attacks on synagogues should — if possible -- use uniformed law enforcement officers rather than private guards or volunteers from the community. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Rising antisemitism motivates security measures at America’s synagogues

After a string of antisemitic attacks in recent years, including shootings and deaths at synagogues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Poway, California; the stabbing of a Chabad rabbi outside a Jewish school in Boston; and -- just days ago -- threats at a Minnesota synagogue that forced the cancellation of in-person weekly services, security has become a priority for the Jewish community. Published September 14, 2021

Church and steeple (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Survey finds support for balance between gay rights, religious freedom

A group of faith leaders Monday said a new survey supports the ideas behind the Fairness For All Act, a bill pending in Congress that would guarantee the rights of LGBTQ individuals while protecting the religious freedoms of schools, social service agencies and congregations. Published September 13, 2021

Bishop John Shelby Spong was ordained an Episcopal priest at the end of 1955 in North Carolina, he was consecrated as a bishop in June 1976 in the Diocese of Newark, which he led from 1979 until his retirement in 2000. (Photograph by Scott Griessel via

John Shelby Spong, liberal Episcopal bishop, dies at age 90

Bishop John Shelby Spong, an Episcopal Church prelate whose liberal views rankled orthodox Episcopalians and others, died in his sleep Sunday morning, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Morris Plains, New Jersey, announced. Published September 12, 2021

In this August 2021 photo provided by Steve Pearlman, Rabbi Noah Farkas and Cantor Phil Baron tape a musical rendition of Oseh Shalom for the Rosh Hoshanah service from the "pop up” High Holiday TV Studio on the Valley Beth Shalom campus in Encino, Calif. “All of us were hoping this holiday season was going to be a do-over from 2020,” Farkas says. “After all the pain, all the distancing, I was hoping we could shake it off, and everyone could come back and give each other hugs. That’s not going to happen." (Steve Pearlman via AP)

Virus concerns temper celebrations of Jewish New Year

The new Jewish year of 5782 begins Monday at sunset, and America's Jews anticipate a cautious return to in-person celebrations of Rosh Hashana, Hebrew for "Head of the Year," one leader said last week. Published September 5, 2021