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Below is the statement as it appears with the fallacy marked as correct. You can see the totals of most frequent responses to this statement. And after reading the any discussion going on below, you can select your choice(s) for the correct answer. For now, whoever posts each statement can update corrections.
Bill: "I believe that abortion is morally wrong."
Dave: "Of course you would say that, you're a priest."
Bill: "What about the arguments I gave to support my position?"
Dave: "Those don't count. Like I said, you're a priest, so you have to say that abortion is wrong. Further, you are just a lackey to the Pope, so I can't believe what you say."
Ad Hominem
AKA Ad Hominem Abusive, Personal Attack

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

Translated from Latin to English, "ad Hominem" means "against the man" or "against the person."

An ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). This type of "argument" has the following form:

  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B makes an attack on person A.
  3. Therefore A's claim is false.
The reason why an ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made).

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 1,024 Total Answer Attempts   51%
 520 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 504 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

520 - Ad Hominem
68 - Guilt by Association
42 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
39 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
34 - Personal Attack
31 - Biased Generalization
31 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
24 - Poisoning the Well
20 - Hasty Generalization
18 - Genetic Fallacy
16 - Red Herring
13 - Appeal to Common Practice
13 - Appeal to Tradition
13 - Appeal to Spite
13 - Relativist Fallacy
12 - Fallacy of Division
12 - Appeal to Belief
11 - Appeal to Ridicule
10 - Appeal to Authority
8 - Appeal to Popularity
8 - False Dilemma
8 - Fallacy of Composition
8 - Confusing Cause and Effect
7 - Burden of Proof
7 - Post Hoc
5 - Appeal to Flattery
5 - Begging the Question
4 - Peer Pressure
4 - Ignoring a Common Cause
4 - Special Pleading
3 - Appeal to Emotion
3 - Appeal to Fear
3 - Slippery Slope
3 - Misleading Vividness
2 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Middle Ground
1 - Appeal to Pity

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Circumstantial Ad Hominem
I thought the answer was circumstantial ad hominem, because he happens to be a priest, his arguments are wrong.

10.20.15 20:43 by terabyter9000
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