After all, if the ratings agencies had done their jobs a few years ago, we wouldn't be in a lot of this mess.
Many Americans are confused and think the Bible is the basis of American law or that we are a Christian nation. Which is amazing, since everyone should learn/have learned in history class in school that we are founded on a secular constitution that specifies that religion must not be used for law making or as a test for holding any office.
Sadly, in the US it's still the other way around. Most atheists here are still in the closet due to peer pressure or simply think of them as agnostics and don't realize or care that the world around them is still controlled by religion. If we banded together to form political groups as Richard Dawkins suggest, we could have a very powerful lobby with many millions of members.
The other problem in the US is that advertisers can basically say anything. You can make an ad stating that you run a network of psychics, that your political opponent is a child molester, just about anything at all. The only retribution may be that people will complain after the fact, but that doesn't stop you from getting complete bullshit on the air. Many people will believe anything said or shown on TV as facts.
Just imagine how much less national debt we would have if religions had to pay taxes. Why do we continue to give religion special status that they earned when belief was compulsory and religion controlled politics? Oh wait, in the US, religion still does control politics. Any politician who is willing to demonstrate that he is a reasonable thinking person by publicly professing non-belief in the supernatural will likely lose elections.
And those that insist I send them faxes instead of emails in 2010?
You mean I can stop using Mosaic now?