Yes, the central figure on the Cross-, Jesus Christ, the center of the Christian religion itself, and of belief in the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).While many love to claim an over-arching Christian Heritage, the only connecting thread in that Heritage is the central figure on the cross. As can be seen in "the magnitude of the prevailing evidence of our founding, the words, documents, and acknowledgements" is that the difference in interpretation is our True Christian Heritage.
Now some insist on wrapping themselves in our Christian Heritage so as to justify all that they say and do, but they wrap themselves in a garment made up of the differences that our Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Religion has fashioned, and much to their disappointment it is not a purely Christian Garment.
Pilgrims (US), or Pilgrim Fathers (UK), is a name commonly applied to early settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Their leadership came from the religious congregations of Brownist English Dissenters who had fled the volatile political environment in England for the relative calm and tolerance of 16th17th century Holland in the Netherlands. Concerned with losing their cultural identity, the group later arranged with English investors to establish a new colony in North America
Roger Williams was banished to England by the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his beliefs in separation of church and state and freedom of religion. He fled and lived with the Narragansett Indians and formed Providence in 1636.
Anne Hutchinson was also banished for speaking out against the Church in Massachusetts Bay. She formed Portsmouth.
Two other settlements arose and all four joined together with permission from England to form Providence Plantations later called Rhode Island.
William Penn and his fellow Quakers heavily imprinted their religious values on the early Pennsylvanian government. The Charter of Privileges extended religious freedom to all monotheists and government was initially open to all Christians.
...In a stark new world, Virginia's English colonists were supported by an ancient and familiar tradition the established church. The law of the land from 1624 mandated that white Virginians worship in the Anglican church (Church of England) and support its upkeep with their taxes.
Jesus Christ incarnate, the Son, dying upon that Cross for the Salvation of mankind. Avoiding His name doesnt negate His sacrifice, even for those choosing not to accept it.
Most of the other religions of the world recognize and honor Him, should they accept Him as Savior or not, and as well, many of those predominate religions also recognize the Godhead (Creator, Supreme-Being) and a spirituality of the almighty authority of God.
The point of my postings clearly evidences our Nation to be founded upon the concept and principles of religious freedoms, morals, values, and the recognition of Gods Law, and yes, religious writings in the establishment of a government cognizant of a primary Judeo-Christian belief, and Heritage.
As I previously stated, I think most understand the underlining simplicity of the issue, and the points I intended to make.
Whereas, to exemplify the complexities of Theology, Theocracy, Theolegal Theory, and other more intense scholarly debates here; only serves to overwhelming the reader with TMI and long and boring cuts and pasts, or links, particularly from wikipedia (which many view in countless cases as opinion pieces other than historical fact).
Chase those rabbits if you will, but I dont see many anxious to follow you into that briar patch to rehash ad-nauseam those tired repetitive debates.