When speaking and writing, I often refer to the place and time in which I find myself as "Pre-Rational America". In as much as I have been both queried and challenged as to my use of that term, allow me to offer the following evidence for my assertion:
According to a Harris poll:
82 percent of adult Americans believe in God,
79% believe heaven is a real place,
75% believe in angels,
Not only do 74% believe that Jesus is God or the son of God, but 72% accept the resurrection as fact and 60% that he was born of a virgin,
69% believe the soul survives death and 62% think both hell and Satan are real,
41% believe in ghosts,
35% in UFOs,
31% in witches,
29% in Astrology, and
21% in reincarnation.
Contrast all this to the fact that only 42% of Americans accept Evolution by Natural Selection as fact, and you are well on your way to understanding why I hold today's Americans in such disdain.