Source: Andrew J. Bacevich, "America: With God on Our Side," Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2011
Bacevich writes that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney nailed "the essence of our present-day civic religion" in a recent speech at the Citadel when he said, "I believe we are an exceptional country with a unique destiny and role in the world." Bacevich observes:
The Hebrew Bible provides no evidence to support this proposition. Nor do the teachings of Jesus Christ and his disciples. Yet the American Bible incorporates a de facto Third Testament, which validates this assertion of American uniqueness. That testament, fashioned from a carefully tailored rendering of the 20th century, recounts the story of a new chosen people serving as God's instrument of salvation, leading humankind onward to the promised land.