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Veronica Neffinger

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A software engineer and the former CEO of Mozilla (creator of the Firefox web browser), has designed a new browser despite being shunned for his belief in traditional marriage.

LifeSiteNews.com reports that Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and the former CEO of Mozilla, has released a new internet browser called Brave.

Eichs is an adept computer engineer, but he was heavily shunned after it was revealed that he had donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 bill.

Proposition 8 defined marriage as the union between one man and one woman and went against gay marriage.

For his support of the bill, Eichs was called a racist, Nazi, and inhumane. However, he did not back down on his beliefs and he has now returned to the tech scene with a newer, better internet browser.

Brave is different from other browsers because it has less ads and is less intrusive for the user. Current browsers often leave users waiting much too long just to return the results from simple web searches, but Brave allows users to browse the web without being intrusively tracked or being forced to deal with ads that inhibit web searches.

Because Eichs still has enemies, there were those who tried to discredit Brave, saying that it illegally blocked ads.

However, Eichs said this is not the case:

"We do not tamper with any first-party publisher content, including native ads that do not use third-party tracking."

Catherine Corre, who is part of the Brave project, explained why Eichs chose the name:

“Brendan picked the name 'Brave' because we need users who will take a stand and fight back," Corre told LifeSiteNews.  "We see third party ads and tracking as toxic, and we block that by default."

 

Publication date: September 30, 2016

A newborn baby was found in a trash can in a gas station restroom in Pennsylvania, reportedly abandoned by her mother.

LifeNews.com reports that the incident occurred at a gas station near Pittsburgh. The newborn was found by paramedics who came to the location to treat the baby’s mother.

The woman reportedly gave birth in the gas station bathroom, telling her family she felt sick, and later telling paramedics she had a miscarriage.

The paramedics, however, found the baby alive in the trash can, reportedly uninjured.

“Devastating, devastating. It’s awful,” Valerie Hamer, who manages a restaurant across the street, told CBS. “She could have given that baby up for adoption, or there’s so many other ways than to dispose of it in a garbage can.”

“Thank goodness it’s alive,” Hamer added, “and hopefully, someone will be able to adopt it. She’ll have a wonderful family.”

According to LifeNews, all 50 states have safe haven laws which allow mothers to drop off unwanted children at designated locations such as hospitals and fire stations with no threat of repercussions.

These laws are meant to prevent instances like what occurred in the Pennsylvania gas station.

Indiana has even begun to use “baby boxes,”--specially designed boxes that have climate control and are comfortable for newborns. After a mother places her unwanted baby inside, the box will alert officials who will then make sure the baby is cared for.

No charges have been filed against the mother in the recent case.

 

Publication date: September 30, 2016

A group of influential evangelicals have together released a statement arguing that Christians should not be pacifists.

According to ChristianToday.com, the group includes more than 50 evangelical leaders, many of whom are from well-known schools such as Wheaton College and Duke University.

The statement argues that Christians ought to reject pacifism, and explains the reasoning for this stance.

"Other Christians have erred by holding the state to the same standard as the church or the individual, resulting in pacifism and, we believe, an abdication of government's rightful responsibilities,” read part of the statement, published in “Providence,” a journal on Christianity and American Foreign Policy.

The statement continues, drawing on centuries of church teaching on the subject of pacifism and just war, and also noting that this argument is especially needed as we are in an important election year:

"The 2016 presidential election has presented a clarion moment for a statement of principles. "[W]e stand in the tradition of centuries of Christian reflection on the role of the state and the just use of force, from Augustine to Aquinas, from Luther and Calvin to Niebuhr and Elshtain.”

The statement also comes at a time when many Christians are questioning the U.S.’s involvement overseas, due to the costly war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places.

 

Publication date: September 30, 2016

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