There is something about faith that puzzles me extremely. Why does faith need to be so dogmatic and binding? One would assume that the thought of a benevolent super-power should set you free. It would make you respect the life that he has given, and live it with greater vitality, rather than tie it down in rituals.
Why are we so insecure about faith that we need to reinforce it and feel offended when a person flouts confirmity? Can the Pope seriously believe that his religion is so shallow that reading Harry Potter would influence children away from it? Can Parsi's think that their religion can only be conserved by marrying in their own community? And does Hinduism stand on the pedestal of a long shattered and forgotten temple? Is it not faithlessness that people do not believe in the strength of their Gods or deem him a martinet?I agree that rational is irrelavant to faith, but are rules the replacement of rationality?