Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Oh you want to relax the anti-terrorism laws just like the terrorists want us to do. Are you saying you support terrorism?
Guilt by Association
AKA Bad Company Fallacy, Company that You Keep Fallacy

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

Guilt by Association is a fallacy in which a person rejects a claim simply because it is pointed out that people she dislikes accept the claim. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. It is pointed out that person A accepts claim P.
  2. Therefore P is false
It is clear that sort of "reasoning" is fallacious. For example the following is obviously a case of poor "reasoning": "You think that 1+1=2. But, Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, Joseph Stalin, and Ted Bundy all believed that 1+1=2. So, you shouldn't believe it."

The fallacy draws its power from the fact that people do not like to be associated with people they dislike. Hence, if it is shown that a person shares a belief with people he dislikes he might be influenced into rejecting that belief. In such cases the person will be rejecting the claim based on how he thinks or feels about the people who hold it and because he does not want to be associated with such people.

Of course, the fact that someone does not want to be associated with people she dislikes does not justify the rejection of any claim. For example, most wicked and terrible people accept that the earth revolves around the sun and that lead is heavier than helium. No sane person would reject these claims simply because this would put them in the company of people they dislike (or even hate).

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 867 Total Answer Attempts   49%
 427 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 440 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

427 - Guilt by Association
27 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
26 - False Dilemma
25 - Hasty Generalization
24 - Red Herring
23 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
23 - Misleading Vividness
21 - Slippery Slope
19 - Begging the Question
18 - Personal Attack
18 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
18 - Confusing Cause and Effect
16 - Relativist Fallacy
16 - Fallacy of Division
15 - Biased Generalization
14 - Appeal to Spite
14 - Appeal to Fear
13 - Appeal to Ridicule
12 - Fallacy of Composition
12 - Ad Hominem
10 - Appeal to Belief
10 - Post Hoc
9 - Appeal to Emotion
9 - Gambler's Fallacy
9 - Poisoning the Well
6 - Genetic Fallacy
6 - Ignoring a Common Cause
5 - Burden of Proof
5 - Peer Pressure
3 - Appeal to Common Practice
3 - Appeal to Authority
3 - Middle Ground
2 - Special Pleading
2 - Appeal to Popularity
2 - Appeal to Pity
1 - Appeal to Flattery
1 - Appeal to Tradition

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