Why is it so easy for Americans to believe?
*Fewer than half of all high school seniors read at levels considered adequate to follow even moderately complex directions."
(CDF Reports 12, 1990): 10; Ann Rosewater, "Child and Family Trends: Beyond the Numbers," in Caring for America's Childern.
Translation: There are two elements to this. First, people who don't -- or can't -- read, don't bother to research for themselves. They trust the pastor, or the 10 oclock news, or their mother. Second, basic logic might be simple, but good critical thinking takes practice. The best practice comes from reading relatively complex arguments.
So, in partial response to shelleymtjoy's question about whether religion was as strong as ever, I submit that Americans are as dumb as ever.