Actually, when America was the first form, the founding father wanted to pull away from the type of value, you are talking about here and want to move to the type of value, the US is today.
This is mostly, the result of the Age of enlightenment. There are a lot of academic studies and publication on the age of enlightenment, including a very interesting paper published by Columbia University. A lot of people don't know about it, but the Age of Enlightenment is in fact very much due to East Asia influence. This is a time, where Asia is still much more powerful than the west.
Traditional Asia society, believe in logic and reasoning, it also believe in the right of liberation, for example in Confucius ideology it wrote whether a person did something wrong is determine by, whether one disturb peace and harmony, if not then he did nothing wrong, even if this behavior is a sin or is not moral. This is very different from the traditional value of the west, that is dictated by the bible and people act according to the teaching of the bible blindly, that got really brutal during the dark and middle ages, this is especially considering the fact there are many disturbing teaching in the bible too. For example,
young woman, then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done an outrageous thing in Israel by whoring in her father's house. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
This sort of behavior is completely inappropriate in Asia, because regardless of the moral implication of this sort of behavior, she didn't disturb peace or harmony.
When Asian ideals passed to the west, this was favor by many western educated and they start pushing for the idea of science and reasoning and also base on this confucius ideal, they push for the liberation, freedom and tolerance, we would know of today in the west, When US was first form, many founding father including Benjiment Franklin and Thomas Jefferson are people who push for it, but it was still in its early era and the old world view was still very strong, so they need to put stuff like God works on money, but it wasn't founded on Christianity or Christ, it was founded on the value to be liberated this old school western value, yet, maintain peace with it. And as we see within the past 300 years, US pull away from old school view to liberation more and more, with each passing generation. It is exactly what the founding fathers wanted to see happening