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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

Pastor Bart Barber, a presidential candidate of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaks during its annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

DOJ opens sex abuse investigation into Southern Baptists, subpoenas leaders

The Justice Department has started an investigation into sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention, and the executive committee of the United States' largest Protestant denomination has received a federal subpoena in connection with the probe, the group said Friday. Published August 12, 2022

In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, file photo, a third-grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. The Trump administration is proposing a rollback of nutrition guidelines for federal school meals programs that had been promoted by Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to combat child obesity. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, file)

Florida Christian school exempted from Biden LGBTQ rules, will keep federal lunch funding

A religious academy in Florida will continue to receive the federal funding it uses to provide free meals to 56 low-income students despite the school's decision to reject the Biden administration's new LGBTQ-friendly education policies -- including government mandates on hiring, restrooms, dress codes and the use of pronouns. Published August 8, 2022

In this Aug. 5, 2012 photo, Police walk near the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis., after a shooting. Authorities say a survivor of a 2012 shooting at the suburban Milwaukee Sikh temple that killed six worshipers has died of complications from the head injuries that left him paralyzed. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

Refusal to hate, engaging with others, drives Sikhs decade after shooting attack

Education, cross-cultural engagement, and refusing to hate are what the 500,000 Sikhs in the United States are doing as they face a grim anniversary -- the spasm of violence that killed six worshipers and wounded four others at a gurdwara, or temple, in a Milwaukee suburb ten years ago, a community leader said. Published August 5, 2022

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson, center, waves as he arrives during the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' twice-annual church conference Saturday, April 2, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addressed a wide range of topics at their conference, including LGBTQ non-discrimination laws, war in Ukraine and political polarization. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LDS Church President Nelson to rededicate D.C. temple Aug. 14

Russell M. Nelson, president of the 16.8 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will lead Aug. 14 ceremonies rededicating the group's temple in Kensington, Maryland, the church said Wednesday. Published August 3, 2022

Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, a leading Christian religious-conservative group (Associated Press) **FILE**

Democratic lawmakers demand IRS probe of Family Research Council’s tax status

The head of the Family Research Council said Tuesday evening that a call by 40 Congressional Democrats for a Treasury Department/IRS investigation of the group's "association of churches" tax-exempt status was "factually challenged" and asserted the organization isn't "trying to hide anything" from the public. Published August 2, 2022

A view of the empty St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis is delivering the Angelus noon prayer from his studio, at the Vatican, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

Vatican office OKs Latin Mass for eight Arlington congregations

Three Arlington Catholic churches have been permitted by the Vatican to continue offering the Traditional Latin Mass for two more years, while five other congregations in the diocese will offer the 1962 rite in other locations. Published August 1, 2022