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12:43 pm EST 23°F (-5°C) in Northlake, IL
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It's only taken me four days to get back over this way, on what is usually a two-and-a-half-day trip. One of the worst winter storms in recent memory came out of the Rockies on Tuesday, and proceeded to dump as much as 18 inches of snow on Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois as I was trying to make my way back east. The worst conditions I encountered were in eastern Nebraska on Wednesday night; there were places where the left lane of Interstate 80 had not been cleared, and every time some dumbass "Super-Trucker" decided he could pass me and keep up 65 mph, he would kick up a large cloud of powdered snow that would completely blind me for about 10 seconds. I was lucky enough to avoid any accidents out of that, but one woman was practically screaming on the CB, begging truck drivers to avoid passing each other — a similar case of being blinded caused her to lose track of where the pavement was, and the next thing she knew, she was 30 feet off the road and stuck in a foot of snow. Fortunately, she was not hurt.
With the extra time I picked up (from stopping instead of fighting the near-whiteout conditions), I managed to finish reading The Da Vinci Code, which I had just recently bought with a gift card I received for Christmas. I really have to go back through some parts of it to catch some of the references again, but I can certainly say that many things in the book serve to bolster what I already believed regarding Christianity vis-à-vis sexuality and gender. That is to say, the concerted effort by the Vatican, beginning in the fourth century A.D., to remove any notion of female divinity from Christian beliefs, is the primary force behind many of the present-day Church's so-called "teachings." This issue is not solely a Catholic one; as Islam came to being in the seventh century, and all kinds of schisms and splits occurred within Christianity over time, these other faiths assumed the same belief in the inherent evil of women. For example, many of the "apocryphal" Gospels (the 75 or so that didn't make the modern Bible) mention Mary Magdalene as having been the female half of the Christian divinity, but as part of the masculine power-play that started to occur around that time, she was re-cast as a prostitute so that only Jesus (a man) was portrayed as divine.
In terms of homosexuality, these fourth-century men must have figured that gay men tend to have a better balance between masculine and feminine tendencies, behaviors, thought patterns, etc., than do straight men. It is likely that the hatred and condemnation of gay men, in particular, began around this time. Since they were ignoring women altogether, including lesbians, they figured all they had to do was teach that male homosexuality was evil — this perfectly explains the fact that lesbians are not mentioned in either Leviticus 18:22 or 20:13. As I have said before, if God intended all people to believe that homosexuality was wrong, surely He would also have said something about lesbians in the book of His word. God just isn't that stupid, to forget to include lesbians. Clearly, it is only mankind that is that stupid — which pretty well proves my point about those verses being later additions to Leviticus.
I'll have more to say about The Da Vinci Code later, but at this point they have finally finished unloading my trailer — so it's off to grab my next load.