The inimitable Aaron Wolf has a good post up about Mormonism and America. Excerpt:
And yet everything about this America-is-God’s-country ideology is Mormon to the core. It serves as the false foundation of a religion that finds the center of human history not in the Incarnation, Cross, and Resurrection of Christ but in “another revelation of Jesus Christ” in the terrestrial “promised land” on which we stand. It is Manichaean, declaring our external enemies evil and ourselves good, locating wickedness not in the hearts of sinful men but in the foes of a human government that will wither as the grass. It is the religion of America—not the real, historical America, but the America of myth and fantasy.
“If we do these things,” Beck preached, “we will heal our nation.” The phrase is reminiscent of 2 Chronicles 7:14, so often cited at rallies on the National Day of Prayer. If my people, which are called by my name, shall . . . return to limited government (no. 19)? Operate according to the will of the majority (no. 20)? Be debt-free (no. 27)? The assumption here is that Americans, like the Israelites of old, are uniquely “my [God’s] people.” And that it is not “I the Lord” but “We the gods” who can “heal their land.”