Does masculinity have any value in American culture today? Slate Magazine recently reported that many television programs this season promote weak, effeminate male characters. From Kevin Dillon in “How To Be A Gentlemen” to Dan Fogler in “Man Up,” these types of shows celebrate the unemployed and immature man as an honorable role model. It is rather shocking when we understand that the liberal mass media is doing so very little to lead us out of our very difficult economic times. Instead, they seek to profit greedily by offering psychological support for poor lifestyle choices and a non-existent work ethic.
Hanna Rosin has labeled this fad “The End of Men” in an arresting column in Atlantic Magazine. Yet one overlooked element in the rise of neutered twenty-somethings is their dedication to feline pets. It fits in with the larger push for male Americans to become “domestic divas” in their personal lives. Cable stations now encourage such people to beautify their homes on a 24-hour basis. Coupled with a revised interest in “pretty” clothing fashions, we are witnessing the broad emasculation of our nation. The brawny, hard heroes of generations ago had little time for designer lamps and “skinny jeans.” Disappointingly, today’s young men want to create lush, gentle private spaces in which they can wile away their afternoons crawling the internet and engaging in harmful physical activities.
It should come as no surprise then that cats play a significant role in this reversal of the American ethos on our television screens. They can be quirky, affectionate characters who displace genuine human companionship, such as Lord Tubbington on “Glee” or Spot on “Star Trek.” They also fit into the larger agenda of programs that embrace witchcraft and the demonic afterlife, such as Kit Kat on “Charmed” and Miss Kitty Fantastico on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Despite the consumer popularization of cat ownership, there is a shocking lack of awareness among educated Americans when it comes to the moral, social and health issues before us. For Christians, the question must be asked: How does one’s complete codependence on such a troubling animal glorify God? Does worshipping a material possession like a cat do justice to the One who created us, who sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins? Can you honestly say that you are respecting the commandment in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body”? It should also be noted that in the Bible, neither Jesus nor Moses nor any of the Twelve Apostles ever owned a cat.
To help us understand this complex issue, we have put together five very important studies on the cat question. They present the latest groundbreaking Biblical and scientific research currently available. In the end, we must not forget Jesus’s beautiful verse in the Gospel of John: “If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
1. Cats can expose humans to severe health problems.
“Letting a wild animal loose in your home carries risks. For cat owners, there are many serious health issues that are too often overlooked. Unlike dogs, these animals are notoriously averse to being bathed in hot, fresh water. It should be no surprise, then, that they carry bacteria and germs. A short list of the diseases cats transmit to humans includes: Petzetakis’ Syndrome, Cat-Scratch-Oculoglandular Syndrome, Parinaud’s Syndrome, Adenitis, Debre’s Syndrome, Foshay-Mollaret Cat-Scratch Fever, Lymphadenitis and Lymphoreticulosis.” –The Dark Underside Of America’s Obsession With Cat Ownership.
2. Bonding with felines encourages immoral life goals that contradict the Bible’s views on the stewardship of God’s lesser creatures.
“The cat is one of the most common offenders against the commandments of God and it is truly a sin for a Christian to own one. Maybe you should ask yourself why you need your cats in heaven beside you in the first place. Do you think you’ll get bored of God after awhile? Heaven is meant to be where we sit at the feet of our Lord and revel in his light and glory for eternity. We are not jumping around, planting gardens and feeding Fluffy… It’s simply the absurd neediness of the weak-minded.” –Do Gay Pets Go To Heaven?
3. Cats can exacerbate a man’s lethargy and unnatural effeminacy.
“For men who seek comfort in pets, felines lay out an odd trap. The animal’s ambivalence and brooding confuses basic masculine instincts. It forces owners to spend more time at home pondering the queer dilemma of cat ownership. As this situation compounds over time, the man unwittingly adopts an elderly lifestyle. He becomes homebound and introverted, pursuing work as a freelancer, computer operator or graphic designer- anything that keeps him within his warm confines most hours of the day.” –Are Your Cats Keeping You Single?
4. There is a strong correlation between hardcore sexual experimentation and cats in the home environment.
“Experts agree that animals have been known to mimic humans and hypothetically this could extend to intimate activities. As has been noted previously, same-sex activity does not occur naturally in the wild world. It does happen, however, in caged environments like zoos or private homes, just like gang rapes in prison. Following the idea that pets seek rewards from their owners, there is a good possibility that cats are simply showing off for their voyeuristic homosexual masters. They hope to garner a treat by offering up a visible affirmation of a radical human lifestyle choice. Perhaps this indicates that sexual attraction abnormalities can be spread from humans to pets.” –Why Do Rabbits Rape Cats?
5. By promoting this type of animal as a domestic companion, we are disregarding its potential as a solution to the global food shortage.
“Today, there is another taboo that needs to be addressed. Cat meat has been consumed on every inhabited continent on this planet. The Swedes enjoy it in a stew, as do the indigenous people of Australia. In Peru, they make tamales while in China and Korea it is turned into meatballs and soup. Spiritually, the Bible issues no condemnation of feline consumption. Genesis 9:3 tells us of God’s commandment, ‘Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.’” –Can Cat Meat Solve the World’s Hunger Problem?