The Atlantic Daily: British Lawmaker’s Killing, Masculinity and Mass Murder, the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife

A member of Parliament was shot and stabbed to death, the Orlando shooting perpetuated a longstanding pattern, scholars pored over an ancient text, and more.

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What We’re Following: The Fatal Attack on a British Politician

A member of Britain's Parliament was shot and stabbed to death in an assault that stunned the public and put on hold the country’s debate over its membership in the European Union one week before a decisive vote. Jo Cox, a member of the Labour Party, was attacked outside a library near the city of Leeds. Cox was a rising star in British politics who quickly made a name for herself on matters such as immigration and Syrian refugees since she was elected last year. Police apprehended the suspect in the attack, a 52-year-old man.

The Ingredients of Mass Shootings: As U.S. investigators try to unravel the motives of the Orlando shooter, one thing is clear: Omar Mateen fits the bill for perpetrators of mass murders, who are mostly men. Masculinity is a more common feature than any of the elements that tend to dominate the discourse—religion, ethnicity, political affiliation, a history of mental illness—that follows after similar tragedies. Mateen had a history of aggression; he was investigated by the FBI for threatening a coworker and physically abused his wife.

Did Jesus Have a Wife? That’s the question scholars have been trying to answer since an ancient text on a faded piece of papyrus that referred to Jesus’s wife emerged four years ago. The Vatican dismissed the manuscript as a forgery. And now, the Harvard historian of Christianity who first discovered the tiny fragment and who defended its authenticity says it’s probably a fake.


At the Euro 2016 tournament in France, 20 Russian soccer fans have been deported for violence while on their way to see their team take on Slovakia last night. Meanwhile, Slovakia’s fans were doing this. (Christian Hartmann / Reuters)


“Lawmakers pay attention to two things: votes and money.” —Howard Rheingold, who studies modern communications

“My worry for America is that we have states that are holding our cities back.” —Jennifer Roberts, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

“It’s really not a question of who’s willing to participate. It’s who’s being asked.” —Jill Fisher, a medical sociologist, on the lack of diversity in clinical trials

Evening Read

Robinson Meyer on the broken “open web”—and the man who wants to save it:

The open web is the nickname for the internet as it should be—free, uncensorable, and independently owned and operated. According to the blog posts that hashed out most of its theory (and which themselves were published on the open web), the open web describes an internet where people mostly publish their writing (or music, or photos, or films) to servers that they own or rent, accessible via their own personal domain names, in formats that are themselves free or unrestricted. It is the web because the pages are written in HTML and CSS; it is open because anyone can access almost all of it, without special privileges, expenditures, or a user account. Above all, the open web is free—free like language is free, like consciousness is free. Freedom not so much as a right, but as a technical and inalienable fact.

This liberty has an end goal: to turn the web into the finest, coolest piece of media ever created, a library of libraries authored by all of humanity. This web encompasses novels and newspapers and scientific journals, all at once. Anyone can write for it, and anyone can read it. It is a to-do list, a logbook, a work of literature, and a communication tool so powerful that it could abort war.

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News Quiz

1. __________ decided to change its national anthem to incorporate gender-neutral phrasing.

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2. Car-service apps Uber and Lyft shut down operations in __________.

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3.  A U.S. court rejected an attempt to bar the federal government from resettling __________ in Texas.

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Reader Response

How do you talk to your kids about rape and consent? Here’s one reader:

Explaining consent to small children has little to do with sex. … [It] means if you are tickling your best friend and she says to stop then you stop—even though you personally think tickles are the best. Consent means that when you're wrestling with your friend and you can tell he doesn't want to anymore, you stop—even if you love rough-housing and could wrestle forever.

Another parent writes:

We have a 4-year-old and have taught her the following (applicable to any sort of situation): “Just because you ask nicely doesn't mean the person has to say yes, and just because someone asks you nicely doesn't mean you have to say yes.”

Right now, that mainly covers sharing toys, having cookies and screen time, and not going to bed, but our hope is that, by the time she is old enough for sexual consent to be an issue, she will have internalized that she doesn't have to feel pressured by polite-but-entitled boys (or girls).

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