Many early american Christians saw america as the New Jerusalem. They also believed in Manifest Destiny in finding america; and the white man's burden; and genocided the american indians. Many were an intolerant and ignorant bunch. On the other hand are the progressives,who preach tolerance. These two groups are always going to clash in america; the realists and pragmatists (see Thomas Paine's "the Age of Reason" for his theory of God. Saudis too think God has favored them in giving them all their oil. Do you really believe that?????? divine intervention???
Reformists are in the lead in Iranian parliamentary elections (dpa)
from the article: Newt Gingrich's flip-flopping on the Middle East