Q: Are you serious?

A: Yes.

Q: But, but…how can you believe that cats are divine? They’re…cats!

A: Plenty of people have no trouble believing all kinds of things that sound even weirder to us.

Q: Isn’t this just worship of the Devil under another name?

A: Cats. Cats. Cats. Not devil. Devil bad. Cats good.

Q: You’re still evil, because you worship idols.

A: Actually, we don’t worship either idols or statues. It’s common for many people to display a re-creation of one of the ancient Egyptian statues of Bast because they like cats and the statues are quite striking. But when we think about honoring cats or Bast, we are not directing our thoughts at a statue, but at the concept we are thinking about.

The mere fact of worshipping an idol wouldn’t make one evil, although thinking evil thoughts toward other people might well do so.

Q: Don’t you know you’re going to hell if you don’t accept (Jesus, Allah, the Flying Spaghetti Monster) as God?

A: We don’t think so. For one thing, they can’t all be right simultaneously. For another, they’re the new kids on the block and still have to prove themselves.

Q: What do you mean? I never even heard of this Bast character.

A: Bast worship began in Egypt around the Second Dynasty (say, around 2788 B.C.E.). It was halted there (officially, anyway) by Roman decree around 360 C.E., which means that most “modern” religions have quite a way to go to catch up with more than 3100 years of continuous Bast worship. Of course, since She’s still around, this chronology makes her one of the oldest gods/goddesses on the planet, and a force to be reckoned with. Ask anyone who’s met one of Her tigers, for instance.

Q: This isn’t a question, but an obervation. You people must be nuts. Everyone knows you can’t talk to cats, they can’t talk back, and there’s certainly no such thing as telepathy.

A: Until the late 15th century everyone “knew” the earth was flat, and only about 100 years after that, Galileo was imprisoned for saying that the earth moved around the sun. Yet thousands of years before, Egyptians were building gigantic pyramids, aligning them perfectly to true north, making paper (and glass in colors we still can’t imitate), worshipping Bast, and venerating cats. We believe that a great deal of knowledge was lost in the interim, which is just being rediscovered today.

Q: Are you Kemetic?

A: Not exactly. Kemetic religion, as far as we can tell, is involved with all the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, while we’re mostly concerned with Bast and cats. And we’re not really Wiccan or even pagan, for that matter…which is why we decided the world needed a new religion that concentrated on cats.

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