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Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls have had dramatic implications for the study of Jewish history, providing scholars with a large and diverse (mostly religious) literary corpus from the Hellenistic-Roman Period.

And now they’re online! You can see for yourself five of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Read an explanation of what they say, and where that fits into and informs our understanding of Judaea during Roman occupation.

A person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument.
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You don’t have to let people talk you out of your relationship with God. You’ve experienced His goodness, and you don’t have to defend it. All you have to do is share it.

A witness in a courtroom doesn’t have to argue with the lawyers. Their job is to tell others about their experience.

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HUMANS OF IRAN

Brandon Stanton, the famous “Humans of New York” photographer, has recently gone back to Iran, the country that he says has a special place in his heart. (Click here to see more stories)

The pictures and stories presented so far have opened the eyes of millions who had such a dark and false image of Iranian people since their knowledge came from the pathetic sources that try to dehumanize us, as they try to also dehumanize other people of Middle Eastern origin. Furthermore, many of the comments themselves have revealed that numerous people, despite their good intentions, are truly ignorant to the fact that Iranians are very liberal and secular. For instance, many people praise the women’s headscarves for being stylish, unaware of the fact that the government of Iran forces the hijab to be worn by women, so as a form of rebellion they wear colourful, stylish ones instead. If it was their choice, most of them wouldn’t be wearing it. In fact, there is a massive movement against the mandatory hijab with the support of millions of Iranian men and women: (Click here to join the movement)

As people can see, the voice and the power of the liberal people in Iran are growing, they need our support, not only for Iran’s future, but the world’s. Those who push for war are not only ignorant to facts, but they are merely possessing the same mentality as those Islamist extremist lunatics. War will solve nothing and would be a huge setback to the massive progress we have made! This is what the Republicans and many right-wing fanatics in the West don’t see or purposely ignore, it’s almost as if they want to intentionally ruin Iran and the United States, as if they want to make the world a more dangerous place.

Thank you Brandon for shining a light on the reality of Iran. We, Iranians, are the friends of Americans, and all people of the world!

‘bout to slam dunk some entitled weenies who doubted my faith in God.

You can criticize me, call me whatever name, torture me, persecute me, even crucify me, but with every last breath I believe in God and His son Jesus Christ. No one can say for one damn minute that my faith is not real. I will scalp myself and spoon out my eyes before I ever doubt Him, even if it is in the face of danger.

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400 Church Leaders Expected To Resign After Ashley Madison Hack

Experts report as many as 400 pastors, deacons, elders and church staff members will resign this Sunday after their names surfaced on the list of users revealed in the Ashley Madison hack.
Writing for Christianity Today, Ed Stetzer, the executive director of LifeWay Research, and a well-regarded expert on church leadership, reports:

“Based on my conversations with leaders from several denominations in the U.S. and Canada, I estimate that at least 400 church leaders (pastors, elders, staff, deacons, etc.) will be resigning Sunday. This is a significant moment of embarrassment for the church—and it should be.”

The fallout from the Ashley Madison hack has been troubling for many users, particularly religious conservatives.
Family values advocate and serial child molester Josh Duggar was but one high-profile conservative Christian exposed as a user of the infamous website for individuals interested in arranging extramarital affairs.

In addition to Duggar, another high profile conservative Christian caught in the Ashley Madison storm was Christian YouTube star Sam Rader.

However, the shame of hypocrisy is not reserved for Christian conservatives only. Friendly Atheist reports Hamza Tzortzis, a Muslim apologist and lecturer for the Islamic Education and Research Academy was also a user of the Ashley Madison site.

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Former congressman Barney Frank, speaking with Bill Maher on Real Time about the the right to privacy in the context of outing of gay politicians, made the following comment:

“There’s a right to privacy. But the right to privacy should not be a right to hypocrisy. People who want to demonize other people shouldn’t then be able to go home and close the door, and do it themselves.”

Frank’s analysis seems fair and just. People who are paid to stand up every Sunday and preach to the flock that adultery is a sin, while at the same time using a web site to cheat on their spouse, are hypocrites and legitimate targets for outing, and probably should resign.

Bottom line: Practice what you preach. Or better yet, don’t preach at all.