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"Jane says that drug use is morally wrong, but she is just a goody-two shoes Christian, so we don't have to listen to her."
Personal Attack
AKA Ad Hominem Abusive

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

A personal attack is committed when a person substitutes abusive remarks for evidence when attacking another person's claim or claims. This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because the attack is directed at the person making the claim and not the claim itself. The truth value of a claim is independent of the person making the claim. After all, no matter how repugnant an individual might be, he or she can still make true claims.

Not all ad Hominems are fallacious. In some cases, an individual's characteristics can have a bearing on the question of the veracity of her claims. For example, if someone is shown to be a pathological liar, then what he says can be considered to be unreliable.

However, such attacks are weak, since even pathological liars might speak the truth on occasion. In general, it is best to focus one’s attention on the content of the claim and not on who made the claim. It is the content that determines the truth of the claim and not the characteristics of the person making the claim.

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 1,316 Total Answer Attempts   67%
 881 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 435 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

881 - Personal Attack
54 - Ad Hominem
41 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
40 - Appeal to Ridicule
38 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
25 - Biased Generalization
24 - Poisoning the Well
23 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
20 - Genetic Fallacy
18 - Appeal to Spite
17 - Guilt by Association
16 - Red Herring
14 - Burden of Proof
13 - Appeal to Belief
10 - Special Pleading
8 - Relativist Fallacy
8 - Misleading Vividness
7 - Ignoring a Common Cause
7 - Hasty Generalization
6 - Peer Pressure
5 - False Dilemma
5 - Fallacy of Division
4 - Fallacy of Composition
3 - Appeal to Popularity
3 - Post Hoc
3 - Begging the Question
3 - Appeal to Novelty
3 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Slippery Slope
2 - Confusing Cause and Effect
2 - Gambler's Fallacy
2 - Appeal to Fear
2 - Appeal to Emotion
2 - Appeal to Authority
2 - Middle Ground
2 - Appeal to Common Practice

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