I’m baptized, not brainwashed

I’m baptized, not brainwashed

Brainwashed. Indoctrinated. Believing in a higher power to make myself feel better instead of facing facts. As a Christian, I’ve been either been accused or heard other Christians accused of all these things. At the same time, I’ve heard pastors and orators on my own side of the aisle assert...

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Houses of the Holy: Islam

Houses of the Holy: Islam

Correction: In a previous version of this story, Yaseen Ahmad’s name was misspelled. The Mercury regrets this error. Student rediscovers bond with Islam after losing connection to mosque in middle school Editor’s note: This is the second part of a five-part series on places of worship that members of the...

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Houses of the Holy: Judaism

Houses of the Holy: Judaism

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a five-part series on places of worship that members of the UTD community attend. Jewish student finds peace, community in local synagogue Alana Stovall remembers feeling nervous as she made her way to the Congregration Tiferet Israel, a synagogue — or shul...

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Starbucks red cup reaction is madness

Starbucks red cup reaction is madness

I’ve always been a fan of Starbucks. I think they’ve done a great job with their hot and cold cups, especially around Christmas, and, despite the copious amounts of syrup put in their drinks, they’ve come up with some pretty interesting flavor combinations. But really, I had no idea that...

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Religion mixes with politics on campaign trail

Religion mixes with politics on campaign trail

Plano church forum with presidential candidates highlights growing influence of Christianity on conservatives The church auditorium was filled with enthusiasm as the six presidential hopefuls strolled onto the stage. The audience looked forward to hearing about how religion plays a role in the candidates’ personal and political lives. On Oct....

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GOP candidates attend church forum in Plano

GOP candidates attend church forum in Plano

On Oct. 18, 2015, Republican presidential candidates gathered for the North Texas Presidential Forum at the Prestonwood Baptist Church. Candidates in attendance included Carly Fiorina, Senator Ted Cruz, former Senator Rick Santorum, former Governor Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and former Governor Jeb Bush. The forum was facilitated by Jack Graham,...

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Back to the basics for Lent

Back to the basics for Lent

One of the most obvious differences between UTD and Baylor, my alma mater, is that Baylor is a Baptist, private school while UTD is secular and public. I honestly don’t think much about the difference between going to a religious versus secular school, but sometimes the difference is in-your-face. This...

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Decoding Religion: Sikhism

Decoding Religion: Sikhism

Followers of Sikhism practice philanthropy, community service, advocate for increased exposure for South Asian religion Editor’s Note In an effort to further understand UTD’s diverse population, what follows is the final part in a four-part series exploring lesser-known religious communities, their traditions and their presence on campus. Every Friday, Prabhmanmeet...

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