What's special about religion

A court in Russia has convicted two people for offending religion. So, I ask the same question that Richard Dawkins and others have been asking for a while: What exactly is special about religion that it requires unquestioning respect? Why can't we criticise god for asking us to keep women as slaves, throw our first-born into fire? I mean, if you ask me to burn my child, I will send a stake so high up your bottom that you'd wish you weren't born. Isn't the idea of respect for religion one that of a bully who can't take criticism, when exposed for what it is, these high priests of bullying retaliate viciously. Would you want to be associated with bullies? If an exhibition offends someone, surely they don't have to go in gawk at the exhibits. No one wants bullies in an exhibition hall, anyway.

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