The United States Supreme Court evidently needs some fixing, because, as demonstrated in its ruling late Friday in Tandon v. Newsom, the current radical right-wing majority thinks your religion is more important than my life:
The Court is serious about giving religious conservatives broad immunity from the law — so serious, in fact, that it is literally willing to endanger people’s lives in order to achieve this goal.
…California limits gatherings in people’s homes to members of just three households. This is a blanket rule, applying to people who gather in a home for any reason, regardless of whether they do so to pray, to quilt blankets that they plan to sell on Etsy, or just to socialize with friends. So, under Smith, this rule would be lawful because it treats religious and secular actors exactly the same.
Nevertheless, a majority of the Court concluded that people who wish to gather in someone’s home for religious activity must be exempted from California’s public health rule. And, although the Tandon opinion does not explicitly repudiate Smith, it defines what qualifies as a “neutral law of general applicability” so narrowly that the term is basically meaningless.
…The Tandon decision, in other words, is a signal that even conservative lower court judges need to be more protective of religious objectors — even when those objectors seek legal exemptions that could help spread a deadly disease [Ian Millhiser, “The Christian Right Is Racking Up Huge Victories in the Supreme Court, Thanks to Amy Coney Barrett,” Vox, 2021.04.12].
I do a pretty good job of co-existing with my non-atheist friends and neighbors. But when religionists who claim to be distinctively “pro-life” derive from their reading of their holy texts a mandate to behave in ways that endanger life—not just their lives, but the lives of all the rest of us who are still taking precautions and making sacrifices to beat back a global pandemic—I have to question their understanding of and commitment to their professed and vaunted religious principles. By congregating in groups in violation of public health orders—and in this case, in overturning public health orders for the sake of religioous activity for which non-in-person alternatives are available—are you really worshipping the Lord, or are your worshipping yourselves and your selfish motives?