In this answer, I addressed the question’s original poster (hereafter referred to as “OP”) who stated, “I have been on LinkedIn for years. I no longer feel that I belong there anymore because I came there to network for jobs rather than to discuss politics or religion… I have been struggling to find work, but LinkedIn no longer appears to be an option.” I described the general state of LinkedIn, from my own personal experience, at Is it acceptable to be apolitical on LinkedIn? by Lynn Patra. An excerpt of my answer follows:
…Conventional wisdom has it that, not only is it supposed to be acceptable to be apolitical on LinkedIn, it is also supposed to be advantageous because one doesn’t always know what political leaning one’s potential employer or client has.
Regarding the OP’s comment to this question, I’d affirm that there are enough individuals who drag politics into conversations that they have a noticeable impact on LinkedIn. And, by the way, I don’t care about the ones who post to the public feed but the ones who do this in private messages are irritating. It’s the individuals in these one-on-one interactions, within private messages, who (whether intentionally or not) put pressure on others, trying to nick away at those who’re silent and intend to keep an apolitical appearance. This can be frustrating, depending on how one responds to peer pressure.
What makes this situation difficult is that (1.) social norms appear to have drastically changed so that people introduce their political views at the drop of a hat now and (2.) sometimes people don’t even have any idea that they’ve inserted political buzzwords and content into their professional correspondence.
I have asked people pointed questions about if they realize they just “got political” in their second, third, etc. getting-to-know-you message to me and I’m quite surprised that a good number of people can’t distinguish political content from “How’s the weather there?” queries anymore. The most dominant political ideas have effectively melded into popular culture so that some people can’t distinguish the difference.
I can see how this would be overwhelming for those who try to remain apolitical or whose views run counter to dominant views and ideas. There just doesn’t seem to be any way to reverse this tide and, to keep oneself from going insane, the easiest thing to do is, unfortunately, contribute to the increasing “tribalism” by sorting people out according to whether or not they’ll leave you alone on the matter of politics.
I’ve told myself that I can’t take the time to make each and every person aware of how they allow their politics to seep into supposed “professional” conversations. So, more often than not, I wordlessly “ghost” the person after the first time they insert politics into their conversations with me and just try to surround myself with those who don’t need to discuss politics [at a personal level with me].