Using case studies from around the globe, my larger project explores news and social media as a space where the discursive construction of “religion” and “politics” are deployed for a variety of social ends. In other words, how are categories and discourses of “politics” used to secularize artifacts conceived of as religious, and how are categories and discourses of “religion” mobilized to privatize “political” opinions? For example, my first case study, “A White Woman’s Instagram: How Political Opinions Became ‘Beliefs’ and Why,” explores the use of “belief” in political discourse. Intrigued by claims about belief on Instagram where it is used to moderate difference and conflict (e.g., “that’s just my belief”), I explore how this longstanding turn of phrase in the field has been given new legs in contemporary political speak online. After looking at belief-talk in early modern documents, I am interested in applying similar theoretical questions to political discourse, centering on the role of media technologies in shaping that discourse