sometimes i feel there’s a tendency to forget that Christianity is a religion that was born in the Middle East…not a religion founded by Europe. Many people in the MENA were Christian when Europe was still worshipping its pagan gods and polytheistic pantheons. yes, it is important to wrestle with how Europeans, after they converted to Christianity due to Roman imperialism, used it themselves as a tool for their own imperialism. but conflating the history of Christianity with whiteness comes off to me as actually a reproduction of white supremacy itself. like we’re attributing things to Europeans/whiteness again, and forgetting its Middle-Eastern roots. Eurocentric history, no?

this is actively harmful when it leads to the notion that Christians everywhere = privileged. they are not- MENA Christians are facing genocidal violence at the hands of ISIS right now, for instance. these people are not white or Westerners who can escape from this via Western privilege. If we go further back in time, the Ottoman Empire’s genocide was targeted at Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks, who were Christian minorities in what’s now modern Turkey. 

As Stephen Harper’s controversial anti-terrorism bill clips through Parliament, en route to becoming law by the summer, public opposition is threatening to take wind out of the prime minister’s sails.

Of the Canadians who are aware of C-51, 56 percent oppose the bill while just 33 percent endorse it, according to a Forum Research poll provided exclusively to VICE News.

That’s an 11-point swing over Forum’s last poll, which was conducted for VICE two weeks prior, when only a bare majority of those who were aware of the bill opposed it.

The news gets worse for Harper, as one of the biggest drops in support for the bill is amongst his own kind.

Of those who said they support the Conservative Party, 72 percent support Bill C-51—that’s a nine point drop since Forum asked earlier in March. Meanwhile, 13 percent say they disapprove of the bill.

The poll was conducted after marathon committee hearings took place, in which the Conservative majority shot down hundreds of amendments to the bill.

More than three-quarters of Liberal, NDP and Green voters say they disapprove of the legislation.

That’s bad news for the grit leader, Justin Trudeau, who has weathered criticism for his decision to support the bill. He spoke to DAILY VICE about his decision to vote in favour of the bill earlier this week. […]

House of Terror in Budapest. Basement prison. First the Nazis, and then the Soviets, tortured and killed hundreds of victims here.

Image and text by Jeneen Interlandi, via Instagram. Hungary, 2014.

From the project, ‘Separate and Unequal: The Struggle to Desegregate Roma Students in Eastern Europe.’

Read more: ‘The Brain’s Empathy Gap,‘ for the New York Times Magazine.

Report: Tulsa Sheriff’s employees were told to forge Reserve Deputy Robert Bates’ training records

Apr. 16 2015

Amid growing scrutiny over whether a 73-year-old volunteer deputy who killed a suspect during a sting operation was qualified to be policing the streets, a new report raises a troubling allegation.

Some supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were told to forge Reserve Deputy Robert Bates’ training records, and three who refused were reassigned to less desirable duties, the Tulsa World newspaper reported.

Claims that the volunteer deputy’s records had been falsified emerged “almost immediately” from multiple sources after Bates killed Eric Harris on April 2, reporter Dylan Goforth said. Bates claims he meant to use his Taser but accidentally fired his handgun at Harris instead.

The newspaper’s story does not say who allegedly asked the supervisors to falsify the training records or why. But the orders apparently started years ago, before Harris’ death, “back when (Bates) was trying to get on as a deputy,” reporter Ziva Branstetter told CNN’s “New Day.”

The Sheriff’s Office denied the allegations in the Tulsa World’s report. It also declined a CNN interview to respond to the claims.

In an email to CNN, the department’s Maj. Shannon Clark said the lack of named sources in the newspaper’s report leaves him dubious.

“Just keep in mind that the Tulsa World reporter cannot validate her sources and claims anonymity, which leaves us skeptical that her claims are unsubstantiated and deceptive,” Clark wrote.

Clark Brewster, an attorney who represents Bates, said the accusations are based on an affidavit from a former Sheriff’s Office employee who’s now facing a first-degree murder charge.

“I don’t put a lot of stock in that report or the credibility of who would further that report,” Brewster said.

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