The Virginia colony enacts the first American temperance law: "The proclamations for swearing and drunkenness sett out by the governor and counsell are confirmed by this Assembly."
This is just one of a number of Christian-centered laws passed by the Virginia Assembly:
"That whosover shall absent himselfe from divine service any Sunday without an allowable excuse shall firfeite a pound of tobacco, and he that absenteth himselfe a month shall forfeit 50lb. of tobacco.
That there be an uniformity in our church as neere as may be to the cannons in England; both in substance and circumstance, and that all persons yeild readie obedience unto them under paine of censure. ...
That no minister be absent from his church above two months in all the yeare upon penalty of forfeiting halfe his means, and whosoever shall absent above fowre months in the year shall forfeit his whole means and cure.
That whosoever shall disparage a minister without bringing sufficient proofe to justify his reports whereby the mindes of his parishioners may be alienated from him, and his ministry prove the less effectual by their prejudication, shall not only pay 500lb. waight of tobacco but also aske the minister so wronged forgiveness publickly in the congregation.
That no man dispose of any of his tobacco before the minister be satisfied, upon pain of forfeiture double his part of the minister's means, and one man of every plantation to collect his means out of the first and best tobacco and corn."