Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the political beat and other topics as national editor for WORLD Magazine. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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Sticks and stones

Politics | House Democrats kick off Congress with rowdy insults and regrettable policy
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/07/19, 02:26 pm

From the pulpit of the historic Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., offered a decidedly unfriendly assessment of President Donald Trump during an NAACP event on New Year’s Day: “Americans elected an authoritarian, an anti-immigrant, racist strongman to the nation’s highest office.”

Johnson wasn’t finished.

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So help me who?

Religion | The 116th Congress convenes with an eclectic mix of religious and nonreligious views
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/07/19, 12:22 pm

This week’s Whirled Views offers a roundup of religious news and views from around the United States.

Choosing my religion 

When newly elected Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., took her congressional oath of office on Jan. 3, she raised her right hand high and placed the other hand firmly on a law book. The book contained copies of the Arizona and U.S. constitutions. 

Sinema wasn’t the only freshman in the 116th Congress taking an oath on something other than the Bible. Texts included the Quran, a Buddhist sutra, and the Hindu Vedas.

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Against the tide

Roe v. Wade | Abortion still devastates the African-American community at an alarming and disproportionate rate, but black pro-life activists are fighting for lives
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/03/19, 02:29 pm

Ryan Bomberger isn’t unaccustomed to criticism when it comes to talking about race or abortion. As president of the pro-life Radiance Foundation, he meets hard pushback against his blunt media campaigns spotlighting the tragically high abortion rate in the African-American community.

It’s not that abortion is a minority problem: A Pew Research Center survey in 2018 reported that 60 percent of black adults and 61 percent of white adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Forty-nine percent of Hispanics agreed.

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