A majority (58%) of Americans believe God has granted America a special role in human history.
That's a depressingly-large percentage, and it's not just confined to the crazy wing of the Republican party:
Members of the Tea Party (76%) and Republicans (75%) are much more likely to believe that God has a granted the U.S. a special role in human history than independents (54%) or Democrats (49%).
The belief that your particular country is favored by some set of deities is the crassest tribalism. Hitchens is right... how do you run a country when people have batshit-insane baseline assumptions like that? It's enough to make me want to flee to the EU.