Regarding the hoax quote, hoax or not, you can easily spin that toward John Winthrop and the Puritan settlers and his conception of his people, "God’s chosen people" having a "city on a hill". He was talking about God establishing a covenant with the U.S., Christians, specifically. Of course, the Old Testament believes that Israel are the chosen ones. Where am I going with this? Who knows…. It is interesting though, in light of this thread and recent events.