Shakespeare wrote that pride goeth before a fall. It is not too much to say that when one sees an insane level of pride, then one can be assured the insanity in general is right behind it.
Today, Jan. 7, 2011, the Associate Press reported a story about the furor caused amongst senior Nazis by a dog in Finland that became known for giving the Hitler salute. Apparently, the Nazis went to a great deal of trouble to "put a stop" to this mockery. They even considered bringing court action and using their ties to German industry to ruin the business of the dog's owner.
What does this have to do with religion and atheism, you ask?
It illustrates how deeply flawed the human psyche can be and the insane lengths to which people will go to protect their egos. Religion and its continued existence likewise illustrate the same phenomenon.