Why would anyone consider the Puriitans in NE the "beginning of America?" It wasn't even the first colony. That would be Jamestown, settled by the Virginia company for commercial reasons. Natural resources, mainly.This discussion thread has rambled all over the place without any consistency; and by doing so, strayed from the name of the thread 'US Is Not A Christian Nation' whose inital post stated "Never was and never will be." by Never Was.
IF I were to assume you meant to pose the question "Is the US a non-Christian nation NOW"; then I would have to say NO.
Why? Because people become more ungodly every just as stated in 2 Timothy 3:3-5. "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
IF I were to assume you meant to pose the question "Was the US founded as a Christian nation"; then I must answer YES.
Why? If you go back to when outsiders (non-Indian) began migrating here you have to note that in 1620 the Puritans landed at Plymouth Rock. The Puritans WERE Christians who left Europe to escape religious persecution; and, if you consider them to be the beginning of the US, then it was indeed started on Christian principles.
There have been discussions about whether the government is, was, or has ever been on the premise of Christianity. These are off-topic as the thread title is 'US Is Not A Christian Nation'. A nation can be Christian or non-Christian irregardless of any role the govenrment my play in the mix. As a matter of fact you can have a nation of individuals without any government at all.
As for the Puritans, they were the persecutors, not the persecuted. The English wouldn't put up with their religious tyranny, basically.
Some of you could really stand to take a basic US history class.