In a letter to the editor in The Bee on May 5, Donna Hudson stated that this country was founded on secular principles. If someone says that this country was founded on Christianity, she demanded that they “prove it!” OK.
When the pilgrims were dispatched to establish the first colony in Virginia in 1620, for instance, they entered into the Mayflower Compact, which stated that the colonies were being established for the “advancement of the Christian faith.”
When those colonies later broke away from England and established this country as an independent nation, the constitutions of each of the founding states contained a clear reverence for Christian principles. The constitution of Delaware adopted in 1776, for example, encouraged all state officers to profess a faith in God the father and in Jesus Christ, his only son.
The U.S. Supreme Court in the 1892 case entitled Holy Trinity Church v. U.S. declared that “this is a Christian nation,” and the U.S. Congress in 1865 ordered that the motto “In God We Trust” be placed on all of our coins. The record is abundantly clear that the United States of America was established as a Christian nation.
James A. McKelvey, Fresno