Personal attacks mark the end of the separation between church and state

A person’s religious beliefs are oftentimes the most important, most personal aspect of someone’s life. Everyone has their own spiritual journeys to get to the point where they can wholeheartedly say, “Yes, I believe” or “No, I don’t believe.”

In this political climate, it’s becoming a frequent occurrence where someone will use a person’s religion against them. Both conservatives and liberals can be found making overbearing statements against one’s religion. It is my firm belief that no matter how different your political views may be, you should never attack somebody’s religion to further your own political agenda.

As a Christian, my faith is very important to me. I was baptized at 8 years old and have often participated in church services throughout my life. My relationship with God is a very personal thing that holds a large amount of significance in my life. I have always said that even though I believe in God, I would never judge anybody on the basis of what they believe, if they do.

Because of this core value of mine, I also strongly believe in the separation of church and state because it isn’t my place to say to someone, “Hey, this is against my religion so I can’t do this and neither should you.”

Just because you believe in something doesn’t mean that other people believe the same thing as you and I think it’s wrong to force those beliefs onto someone else.

An example of this that often goes unspoken is President Trump’s Muslim ban. In January of 2017, as one of his first acts as President, he signed an executive order to stop people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from visiting the United States. He also banned travel from Syrian refugees indefinitely, which is still in place.

This order is very openly anti-Muslim yet the Supreme Court ruled with a 5-4 vote to keep the order in place for as long as the President saw fit. Even today, nearing the end of President Trump’s term, the ban is still in place preventing many Muslims from entering the country, whether to visit or to become a citizen.

And no, democrats are not innocent to judgement based on religion. In previous years, many democrats stated that Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs would taint her ability to become a judge on the Supreme Court.

“In 2017, they suggested that Judge Barrett was too faithful or too Catholic to be a judge,” Senator Chuck Grassley told

Although I do align closer to the liberal side of the political spectrum, I do not condone attacking conservatives for their religious beliefs.

At the end of the day, a person’s religion is something that I believe should be off of the table when it comes time to debate politics.