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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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 1,187 Total Answer Attempts   68%
 802 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 385 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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