Associated Baptist Press – Opinion: America shall not be exceptional

Associated Baptist Press – Opinion: America shall not be exceptional.

In “America the Exceptional,” an article published in the January 2012 issue of Sojourners, I intentionally misquote Genesis 12 as follows:

“And the Lord said to Abraham, I will bless you and make your name great. I will make you a great nation and all nations will submit to your exceptional status. They will kow-tow to your interests, submit to your invasions, and defer to your economic policies. You will act unilaterally and lead, not cooperate with, unexceptional nations. You will use and abuse the alien and stranger among you as you please, for they are not my chosen people blessed by manifest destiny…. For I am the Lord who shows favoritism to whom he will, and you are my chosen people.”

Then I added, “Oops! That is not Genesis 12 — but it might as well have been,” based on projects and attitudes promoted via distorted notions of the theory of American exceptionalism.