Christians forced into secular view
As I understand the Constitution, the clause regarding religious freedom was an effort to avoid a government required church such as England's relationship with the Church of England. The King or Queen is really the head of the church. There was no religious freedom for different denominations. Religious freedom was the motivation for a number of the 13 original states.
A New Mexico judge fined a photographer for refusing to photograph a same-sex union. This amounted to the establishment of a state religion. His ruling forces an individual to violate his religious convictions. The photographer was not on a soap box proclaiming judgement or public embarrassment. It was a private matter until the same-sex couple brought suit. The judge ruled it was a civil rights discrimination case and not a religious freedom. He said some rights must be given up to participate in society.
The sobering issue was that the same-sex couple found a cheaper photographer and were not harmed at all. The judge, however, decided to fine the photographer anyway. The state religion being promoted is humanism or secularism.
Judges and the federal government across the nation are slowing forcing Christians to comply with a secular view at the expense of their convictions. The Christian celebration of Christmas is being promoted as Winter Holiday. Nativity scenes are being banned from public property. Attorneys across the land are delighted with the litigation.
The same is true of Obamacare, where companies and churches are being forced against their religious convictions to provide health care for procedures against their convictions. Before you say companies do not have religious rights, I say companies are made up of individuals who do have convictions and rights. I believe in treating everyone with respect and with courtesy, but I don't have to agree with their views. Is it really religious freedom if I have to practice it in private and not let it be expressed?