Excellent post, from someone I've not read before.
Religion should not trump the rights of the people, especially of those people who do not believe in that religion.
The free exercise [of religion] clause and its meaning is well established. There is very little ambiguity about what it is and what it is not.
“In 1878, the Supreme Court was first called to interpret the extent of the Free Exercise Clause in Reynolds v. United States, as related to the prosecution of polygamy under federal law. The Supreme Court upheld Reynolds’ conviction for bigamy, deciding that to do otherwise would provide constitutional protection for a gamut of religious beliefs, including those as extreme as human sacrifice.”(1)
The Court stated that “Laws are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious beliefs and opinions, they may with practices.”