In, in, beloved Spot

spot.jpgNot only has The Revealer raised questions about what content is, or is not, fair game on this blog, but now the web czar at ChristianityToday.com is questioning the size of the beat we will walk.

So let me state on the record: Doug LeBlanc can write about the life and times of his magnificent and beloved cat, Spot, if he chooses of his own free will (we are not Borg and we are not Calvinists) to do so. I do believe that cat-lovers are, in fact, recognized as a religious sect in large parts of the world. Cult, even.

I even request that Doug post a picture of The Cat with this item.

On a personal note, let me also say that it never entered my mind that readers would think that, in my Britney item, I was actually calling for more invasive forms of celebrity coverage on the Godbeat. Please! I do not want to see Tim LaHaye on a beach somewhere.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • http://www.armyofone.org JD Mays

    Spot’s picture looks like it should be shown in the gallery at this site: My Cat Hates You

  • http://larrysnyder.blogspot.com Larry Snyder

    I’m a Calvinist and have a cat (Kallie). Could it be God’s sovereign will that I write about her from time to time? Love the site, by the way!

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/tj9582/ Tim J.

       At the risk of marking myself as the geek that I am, was Spot’s name in any way inspired by the slightly more famous sci-fi feline?

  • http://getreligion.org Douglas LeBlanc

    JD: Don’t be fooled by Spot’s expression. She loves people and greets them enthusiastically whenever we have guests.

    Tim: I’m happy to say that Spot predates the famous sci-fi feline, and I’m delighted to see that TNG’s Spot has a fan site.

    And I’m a longtime fan of Data the android’s poetic tribute:

    Ode To Spot

    Felis Cattus is your taxonomic nomenclature,

    an endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature.

    Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses

    contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses.

    I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,

    a singular development of cat communications

    that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection

    for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.

    A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;

    you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.

    And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,

    it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

    O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display

    connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.

    And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,

    I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.


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