i saw a bumper sticker that read.........<quoted text>
I am not calling you names, I am stating that the analogy used by religious teaching of most religions is inherently degrading. There is a specific reason for this, the Abrahamic god, for instance, in the bible is a god of war and destruction, The idea was that it was suppose to be the followers to die in the wars are pawns and front line infantry, the human shields of the leaders, basically. By reinforcing the notion that you are just a lamb waiting for the slaughter it becomes difficult for you to gain the courage to question the authority, to stand up above the rest lest you be the first to die. Even today that becomes a very valuable method of emotional submission to the leaders. Our military leaders even use it, boot camp is where they drill the "sheep" mentality into the soldiers.
Essentially, religious teachings want you to feel less than adequate, less than capable, less than human.
SHEEP DESERVE TO BE FLEECED.