You will often find skeptics and theological Liberals trying to dismiss your views because they are driven by or merely align with your religious views. They invoke the oft-misunderstood “separation of church and state” notion (for the 237th time, that phrase is not in the Constitution). But the 1st Amendment protects religious speech, it doesn’t restrict it.
Aside from that, here are some quick and easy replies when people try to dismiss your pro-life, pro-real marriage, etc. views. You are simply pointing out that the issue isn’t religious views, it is them being unwilling to argue the issues on their merits. They are trying to dismiss your views without having to respond to them.
1. “Do I have to vote opposite of my religious views or be silent about them? Christianity teaches me not to kill atheists and steal their stuff. So am I “forcing my religious beliefs on you” if I support laws against theft and murder?”
This argument shows how they are just dismissing your views because they disagree with them. They have no issue with your religious views in principle, just the ones they disagree with – which means religion isn’t the issue.
2. “Do you protest the religious speech of theological Liberals? I can point you to countless false teachers and religious types who insist that God is pro-abortion, pro-gay theology, pro-open borders, pro-wealth redistribution, etc. Can you show me where you are just as active in dismissing their religious views as you are mine?”
This points out their hypocrisy in claiming to oppose religious views when they really just oppose religious views they disagree with. Again, it shows that religion isn’t the issue. I’ve yet to find one person crying “separation” against theological Liberals.
3. “My arguments (for pro-life, pro-real marriage, etc. positions) didn’t even mention religion. But if you want to bring Jesus into this I’ll be glad to.”
I can and do argue for many of these issues without using “religion.” I save the biblical arguments for those claiming to be Christian, or I am at least very careful in keeping the arguments separate. For example, to advance the pro-life view I just need the irrefutable scientific fact that the unborn are unique, living human beings from conception and some simple philosophy (we shouldn’t destroy innocent human beings for 99% of the reasons given for abortion).
When opponents will reflexively use the anti-religion card I have fun pointing out that I haven’t used religious arguments. But hey, if they want to talk religion that would be great! This argument shows them that they are mired in stereotype-land and are just trying to dismiss opposing views without doing the hard work of responding based on facts and logic.
Have fun with these! Use them gently.