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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III turned the t-shirt he was wearing inside out before being interviewed at a press conference Sunday. The shirt read, “Know Jesus Know Peace” in black and white letters. If one only read the white letters, the message was “No Jesus No Peace.” 
 
There have been conflicting reports of if the NFL star was told to turn his shirt inside out before the interview by officials or if Griffin did so on his own accord. Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Michael Phillips tweeted that NFL uniform inspector Tony McGee ordered him to turn it inside out, but a Redskins supervisor said Griffin removed the message to avoid a fine. 
 
Griffin had been previously fined for wearing an Adidas shirt on a game day when the NFL has a deal to endorse Nike products. 
 
Redskins player Ryan Kerrigan was also interviewed at the press conference and he was not asked to turn his shirt inside out, though his shirt was not made by Nike. 
 
Some have now speculated that Griffin hid the message of his shirt because of its religious nature. 
 
According to the NFL bylaws, “...players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office.”
 
 
Publication date: September 17, 2014
Children are not allowed to study math, social studies or democracy anymore in parts of Syria controlled by ISIS. This week, ISIS unveiled its new educational restrictions, saying that any teacher who dares to break the rules “will be punished.”
 
The rules said teachers must not use the phrase “Syrian Arab Republic,” which is the official name of Syria. Instead, teachers are supposed to use Islamic State and teach “the belonging to Islam.”
 
Textbooks will not be allowed to refer to evolution.
 
ISIS posted the new restrictions outside the streets, ending with a firm warning: “This is an obligatory announcement, and all violators will be punished.”
 
In Syria, at least 200 people were killed on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Of those 60 were killed by airstrikes. In total, the United Nations reports that more than 190,000 people have died in the conflict between President Bashar al-Assad’s rule and rebels.
 
 
Publication date: September 17, 2014
The president of World Vision said this week that fighting poverty is a little bit like “rocket science.” Richard Sterns, president of World Vision, spoke about the church’s role in fighting poverty at the 2014 AEI Evangelical Leadership Summit on Sept. 10.
 
"I have a saying that I use, and it goes 'when it comes to solving the problems of poverty it rocket science,'" Stearns said. "Unfortunately there are many many churches in America who think it's simple. 'We'll send the 8th grade youth group into the middle of the AIDS pandemic and we'll fix it.' Poverty is rocket science."
Stearns added that the church has three different worldviews. He called them “the magic kingdom, the tragic kingdom and disparity.
 
We in America have this Magic Kingdom view of the world," Stearns said. "And what it does is it insulates us from the pain of the world. It Insulates us from the very distant problems of ISIS and Syria and the war in Congo ... places that seem so far away that 98 percent of Americans would never go to those places."
The Tragic Kingdom is the world that people who work in the countries see everyday. Missionaries and volunteers who travel to those countries see the dire situations that the residents live in.
 
"This Is the world of poverty and vulnerability, and injustice exploitation." Sterns said. "I've been to communities around the world where 25 percent of the children are dead by their 5th birthday."
 
said the third view is a "disparity of justice, of economics, and of expectations."
 
 
Publication date: September 17, 2014
Fighting continues across Iraq and Syria, as Kurdish forces attempt to force Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists out of the region and regain control. Christian Today reports that Kurdish forces are beginning to see some success, as seven Christians villages were taken back from ISIS authority. 
 
United States airstrikes reportedly aided the Kurdish forces as the troops regained control.
 
A Catholic cleric confirmed the report saying, “The peshmerga managed to liberate several villages…[ISIS] militants have now fled from there.” 
 
At the same time, more Christians are joining Kurdish troops in an effort to defeat the Muslim extremists. Christian men ages 18-30 are being recruited for the cause after Christians leaders requested permission for members of their community to fight. 
 
 
Publication date: September 17, 2014
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