- May 2016
To state that “Christian” in the context is necessarily “protestant” is possible but it is also a conclusion that needs further support.Americans will christianize the Filipinos by Protestant faith.
During American occupation of the Philippines, a lot of Protestant groups came in to spread their beliefs to the natives.
Furthermore the USA didn’t had an official religion, and those private groups you mention were not governmental, didn’t need a USA colony or governmental permission to establish abroad and many were sent to other regions that were not USA colonies, for instance in the 20th century were sent to Portuguese colonies in Africa, such as Angola.
So, in other words, it doesn’t seem to exist a direct relation between the religious factor in the article you mention (can you post a link?) and the main reason for the maintenance of the Philippines as a colony. It doesn’t seem that the USA international governmental policy in the late 19th century had the same religious zeal that the Spanish in the 16th when they established in the Philippines.