Questions for the poor souls who, having run through all the blogs that educate, illuminate and/or edify, are left with this site:
- Is the above caption offensive? If so, why?
It makes light of neither Jesus Christ nor Christianity, but of those individuals who go door to door proselytizing.
Having turned away many a Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness and Southern Baptist from my front door, I couldn’t help but find the meme funny, even though all the above Christians were without fail exceedingly polite and, I would imagine, well intentioned.
- If the evangelizing cat is not at least a little offensive, then why is it humorous?
Often, it’s the taboo that gets the biggest guffaw.
If the image of a cat sticking its paws and part of its head through a small door came with the caption: “Hello Sir – Can I interest you in an excellent deal on a Electromaflux 5000 Upright Vacuum?” it wouldn’t be quite the same, even though we’ve all had to deal with door-to-door salesmen peddling everything from appliances to insurance.
- Finally, what did people do for chuckles in the days before the invention of the camera allowed them to pass around pictures of animals?
This, I concede, is of less philosophical significance than the other questions.
Still, passing around, say, a charcoal image of a cat stuck in a butter churn wouldn’t seem to have the same impact as that of a photo of the same scene.