It may be caused by a troubling medical condition called homilophobia or fear of sermons:
Known by a number of names – Homilophobia and Fear of Sermons being the most common – the problem often significantly impacts the quality of life. It can cause panic attacks and keep people apart from loved ones and business associates. Symptoms typically include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and overall feelings of dread, although everyone experiences homilophobia in their own way and may have different symptoms.
I recognize this in many people. Happens every Sunday.
To add insult to an already distressing condition, most homilophobia therapies take months or years and sometimes even require the patient to be exposed repeatedly to their fear [sermons]. We believe that not only is this totally unnecessary, it will often make the condition worse. And it is particularly cruel as homilophobia can be eliminated with the right methods and just 24 hours of commitment by the phobic individual.
Even if you don’t suffer from this distressing condition, you just may be more phobic than you realize. Update: Got this response from a friend:
With bird flu they start killing the chickens. With mad cow disease they kill the cattle. With homilophobia will they start killing the… Nah!
Watch you back, just because you’re paranoid doesnt mean they are not out to get you.