U.S. Supreme Court stated in the 1892 case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, written by Justice David Josiah Brewer (143 U.S. 457-458, 465-471, 36 L ed 226): ” This is a religious people.
This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation.
The commission to Christopher Columbus…(recited) that
‘it is hoped that by God’s assistance some of the continents and islands in the ocean will be discovered’…
The first colonial grant made to Sir Walter Raleigh in 1584…and the grant authorizing him to enact statutes for the government of the proposed colony provided
‘that they be not against the true Christian faith’…
The first charter of Virginia, granted by King James I in 1606…commenced the grant in these words:
‘…in propagating of Christian Religion to such People as yet live in Darkness…’
Language of similar import may be found in the subsequent charters of that colony…in 1609 and 1611; and the same is true of the various charters granted to the other colonies.
In language more or less emphatic is the establishment of the Christian religion declared to be one of the purposes of the grant.
The celebratedcompact made by the Pilgrims in theMayflower , 1620, recites:
‘Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith…a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia’…
– Pastor Ward Clinton