I think your missing the point. I'll try to lay out it simply.Come on man.... religious persecution? What is this nonsense?
The country exists because people wanted to get away from a "ruler", a "monarch", a dictator? Pick the names you choose, a Governor? That told them what they could and could not do. Sound familiar?
The constitution is the Law of the Land. The Supremacy Clause effectively means, AFAIK, that federal law is above local laws.
The FIRST phrase of the FIRST amendment says:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"
All other amendments come after that. Kind of ties in with the fact the Pilgrims fled from religious persecution.
The DOJ warned this was coming. States ignored it. The DOJ sent warning letters. They ignored it. Individual cases have gone to court. They won. Individual religious organizations, see MN above, have told the Governors they will ignore them. Consent of the governed.
As @Dkayak mentions, that does not mean ignore the health guidelines. They are still responsible to stay 6' apart, wear masks, and follow the guidelines for fomites.
No one is forcing anyone to go anywhere. But FORCING people to not practice their religion, provided they follow the public health guidelines, so far looks like a violation of the First Amendment, hence the court cases they lost and DOJ warnings that the Constitution doesn't say "Ignore all this in case your sick".
Think 14th amendment. Buying some booze is cool, but practicing your religion is not cool??? How does that make sense?
Liquor stores will be permitted to remain open in New York, New Jersey and California during the coronavirus pandemic after they were declared “essential...
Its ESSENTIAL to pick up a fifth of whiskey? How about those huge lines at Walmart, Costo, your grocery store. Have you been in them?
Whats the difference between checking out, waiting for 30 minutes in line, YES that happens, in a store where people do not always follow the guidelines, and sitting 6' apart, outside or in a huge hall? Things have to be treated EQUALLY, not discriminated again.
If some people pack into a tiny hall, no masks, thats probably a bad idea. But what is the difference if one follows the guidelines whether in a liquor store, Walmart, Costco, or a church of some kind???? Some grocery stores near me limit the number of people in. There's a cop sitting there. They COUNT the people in and the people leaving. In door, Out door. Whats the difference if its a huge church? How long does it take to do shopping? An hour? And people pass you close in the aisles. They don't care.
Why would an abortion clinic or liquor stores be "essential" and not a church? How does that make sense. Lets go abort the baby and then pick up a six pack? That's OK but not doing something guaranteed protection by the blood of those in the Revolutionary War? What kind of logic is that? I don't read anything in the constitution about Liquor stores have to be open.
Do I sound irritated? Sorry. But I see ZERO difference other than the people are moving in a store until they hit the checkout line. Then the stand in line for 30 mins waiting to check out.
I predict now the states will lose every first amendment case as they get appealed to SCOTUS. If they don't, the Bill of Rights will fall apart and this nation is done. People need to think very carefully about this.