Upon the pope's long awaited arrival to the United States, I am appropriately reading Richard Dawkin's candid text, The God Delusion (go figure), and doing what I do best with a religious studies minor from the University of Miami, contemplating the psychology and pathology behind religion :-)
Dawkin's opens with the question, "Why is religion so sacred," and unapologetically states that he will approach religion the same exact way he approaches politics, fashion, weekend plans, or any other topic of conversation. A widespread assumption is that religion should be protected by an impenetrable wall of respect, and it's respect should be put in a different class from the respect we choose to give all other topics. "Religion...has certain ideas at the heart of it which we call sacred or holy or whatever. What it means is, 'Here is an idea or notion that you're not allowed to say anything about; you're just not. Why not? -- because you're not!'" Frankly, I side with Dawkins when I say the respect religion is given is undeserved respect, but you will have to read more of his text to find out why. Whether one believes in a god or not, it is in one's best interest to be exposed to both sides of the coin, which is why I embarked on religious studies of my own to make an informed decision.
I could go on for ages explaining the improbablity behind a supernatural power governing all things based on concrete historical evidence debunking biblical text straight through my man Charles Darwin and his evidence for the theory of evolution, but I won't. I just wanted to raise the question that Dawkins raises at the start of his book; Why is religion so sacred? I will say to each his own (as I say in regards to all things) and will leave you with a quote from Richard Dawkins decribing the "God" from the bible that many choose to worship: