Well of course some of parishioners are, err.., unique. If you enjoy a good rant try The Bones, who seems to have taken up my fleeting thought, no sooner had I pressed the keys than it had evaporated, of not having pews. He has started a "Lose the Pew Campaign", it seems to come close to a jihad.
The young, the young, how much they crave the ascetic way.
Pews are of course "people pens", they do tend to to make people passive observers rather than participants. Maybe they tempt preachers to go on too long, I am sure I do not preach for 20 minutes, unless of course I really have something important to say.