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UNT expert discusses evangelical Christians support of recent U.S. decision on Jerusalem

This is why evangelicals love Trump's Israel policy

Hint: It has to do with burning lakes of fire

President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week made little sense to most Middle East experts. His own national security team opposed the decision. But for many white evangelical Christians, 81 percent of whom voted for Trump, it was great news.

According to a recent poll released by the Brookings Institution, 53 percent of American evangelicals supported Trump's decision, while only 40 percent opposed it. (Sixty-three percent of all...

UNT professor comments on recent Democratic victories being wakeup call for Texas GOP

AUSTIN -- After months of assurances from top Republicans that they still hold a firm grip on Texas voters, a top campaign adviser to Gov. Greg Abbott is warning that recent Virginia elections should be a "wakeup call" to the Texas GOP.

In a private memo to Abbott's aides, senior political adviser Dave Carney cautions that despite the fact that Texas is solid red in recent statewide voting patterns, suburban voters could pose significant problems for Republicans in next year's mid-term elections.

"It would be easy for us to say Texas is not Virginia. It would be easy for us to say the Democrats in Texas aren't that...

Even in today's fragmented media environment, the president still has the power to lead the debate on income inequality


The election of Donald Trump has reaffirmed that presidents are still able to lead the news agenda in the US. But, can presidents use this power to lead debates towards legislative fixes in important policy areas? In new research that examines 14 years of presidential news coverage, Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha and Ronald J. McGauvran find that presidential attention appears to have led news coverage of inequality, a pattern that is especially true of Democratic presidents....

Philanthropist Paul Voertman was a kind heart Denton will fondly remember

Paul Voertman may not be a household name in Dallas, but the former owner of an iconic bookstore was a philanthropic giant in Denton. Voertman’s Bookstore got an impressive national shout-out from gothic fiction author Anne Rice, who attended the University of North Texas, when she was interviewed in The New York Times in 1988.

But this week, the university announced that Voertman...

UNT faculty member discusses ancient origins of Diwali, India's biggest holiday

Every year around October and November, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, or Deepavali—a festival of lights that stretches back more than 2,500 years. And in India, the five-day celebration marks the biggest holiday of the year.

Like many Hindu festivals, there isn't just one reason to celebrate the five-day holiday. Pankaj Jain, a professor of anthropology, philosophy, and religion at the University of North Texas, says that the ancient celebration is linked to...