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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

Paper Trails by Cameron Blevins (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Paper Trails’

Twenty-seven years ago, the U.S. Postal Service opened a new post office building in Mesquite, Nevada, a city of just under 21,000 some 90 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Published June 16, 2021

The Washington Times building, the former Prime Minister of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu's motorcade leaves after a visit. Wednesday, April 10,  2002.   ( Mary F. Calvert / The Washington Times )

Washington Times wins four local SPJ awards

The Washington Times won four daily newspaper award categories and had a total of eight finalists in the 2021 Dateline Awards competition of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Published June 15, 2021

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo an American flag waves in front of the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Defamation or protected religious speech? Disgraced Catholic deacon asks Supreme Court to decide

The lawyer for a 77-year-old Roman Catholic deacon in Lubbock, Texas, says he plans to ask the Supreme Court to reverse a June 11 state supreme court ruling allowing the Diocese of Lubbock to label the man, Jesse Guerrero, as being "credibly accused" of sexually abusing a minor, even though the alleged victim in the incident was an adult woman at the time. Published June 12, 2021

This May 4, 2021, photo shows a sign outside the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice building in Washington. The Trump Justice Department secretly seized the phone records of three Washington Post reporters who covered the federal investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's campaign, the newspaper said Friday, May 7. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DOJ waters down promise to ‘vigorously’ defend religious schools’ LGBTQ exemptions

One day after telling a federal district court it would "vigorously defend" laws exempting evangelical Christian colleges and universities -- and other faith-based schools -- from rules promoting LGBTQ rights, the Biden administration's filing in the case lost its vigor. Literally, as President Biden himself might say. Published June 9, 2021

In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, file photo, Saddleback Church founder and Senior Pastor Rick Warren poses for a photo at the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. Warren has announced his retirement after 42 years of leading Saddleback Church in Southern California. The Orange County Register reported Monday, June 7, 2021, that the 67-year-old Warren shared the news with his congregation on Sunday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Baptist pastor Rick Warren, ‘Purpose Driven Life’ author, announces retirement

Rick Warren announced June 6 he's found a purpose beyond leading the second-largest Southern Baptist church: the bestselling author of "The Purpose Driven Life" told his Saddleback Church congregation via video the church will begin a search for a new "lead pastor," the job Mr. Warren has held since 1980. Published June 7, 2021

This One-Cent Magenta postage stamp printed in 1856 went on the auction block in New York City on June 8, 2021, where it sold for $8.3 million. The Magenta, printed in British Guiana (now Guyana), was created during a postage shortage when supplies from a colonial printer didn’t arrive. A schoolboy discovered it in a collection, and the rarity passed through the hands of several wealthy individuals in subsequent years. It last sold at auction in 2014 for nearly $10 million.  (Photo credit: Sotheby's.)

World’s rarest stamp expected to fetch $15M at Tuesday auction

A tiny scrap of paper is expected to sell for as much as $15 million at an auction in New York City Tuesday. The "One-Cent Magenta" holds the Guinness world record for most-valuable stamp, with its 2014 auction price ringing in at "nearly one billion times the original face value," according to record keepers. Published June 5, 2021

A stamp is shown on an envelope Friday, May 28, 2021, in Washington. The U.S. Postal Service is raising rates on first class stamps from 55 cents to 58 as part of a host of price hikes and service changes designed to reduce debt for the beleaguered agency. The changes, which will take effect on Aug. 29, include price hikes for first class mail, magazines and marketing mailers. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Postal Service plans first-class rate hikes

Stock up on those "forever" stamps now, before the price goes up. The U.S. Postal Service Friday announced plans to hike the cost of a one-ounce first-class letter to 58 cents, effective August 29. Metered letters, domestic postcards, large pieces called "flats," and outbound international letters will also see price rises. Published May 28, 2021

In this Monday, June 4, 2018, file photograph, baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop in Lakewood, Colo. Baker, who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012 is being sued by a lawyer for declining to make a cake celebrating her gender transition. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2018 the commission showed anti-religious bias when it sanctioned Phillips. The justices did not rule on the larger issue of whether businesses can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gays or lesbians. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Jack Phillips, Christian baker, hounded by lawsuits, threats

Authors doing online video book "tours" is common in the pandemic era. But Coloradan Jack Phillips had an unusual "sidekick" for his May 26 conversation with a reporter: attorney Ryan Bangert of Alliance Defending Freedom, a public interest law firm that's been at Mr. Phillips's side since 2012, including during a 2018 Supreme Court victory. Published May 26, 2021