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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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 1,397 Total Answer Attempts   49%
 686 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 711 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

686 - Ad Hominem
92 - Guilt by Association
58 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
48 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
48 - Biased Generalization
41 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
40 - Personal Attack
29 - Appeal to Ridicule
27 - Poisoning the Well
27 - Hasty Generalization
25 - Appeal to Spite
25 - Appeal to Belief
23 - Genetic Fallacy
20 - Appeal to Common Practice
18 - Appeal to Authority
18 - Fallacy of Division
17 - Red Herring
17 - Relativist Fallacy
15 - Appeal to Tradition
12 - Fallacy of Composition
11 - Confusing Cause and Effect
10 - Burden of Proof
10 - False Dilemma
9 - Appeal to Popularity
9 - Begging the Question
8 - Post Hoc
7 - Ignoring a Common Cause
7 - Slippery Slope
7 - Special Pleading
5 - Appeal to Flattery
5 - Middle Ground
5 - Misleading Vividness
4 - Appeal to Fear
4 - Peer Pressure
4 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Appeal to Emotion
3 - Appeal to Novelty

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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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