First, why are some people, especially the religious [and the religions themselves] so concerned about having a special, higher place for humans? Monkeys or pigs can be offensive due to semantic reasons, but some people claim that our species is above and better^ than all others [they tend to be the people who haven't seen/appreciated a siberian tiger or a polar bear] and that we are not even apes*! Why this quest for specialty? Second, why are religions supposed to be special? Why is it ok for a person to believe and hold true, much less proclaim and propogate as truth, stupid, incredulous and unsupported ideas just because "Its a matter of faith". Why is this acceptable[/anymore]? * - Technically, yes we are monkeys. We are - Modern Humans, hominids, great apes, monkeys, primates, mammals, vertebrates and animals, all of them - just at different levels of our taxonomy. ^ We are better in the sense that we have achieved the most, but that's due to hundreds of thousands of years of efforts by our ancestors.