While writing and researching my "Logic Lessons" series, I have learned quite a few things. Especially when I am on the receiving end of people who claim to be "thinkers", "rational", "logical" and so forth. Very few have given me anything rational. Instead, they hit me with interesting combinations of logical fallacies that are based entirely on emotion.
Actually, their reactions are based in hate. They do not even know me, but they hate what I am saying and the Savior that I stand for (John 15.18-21). When I promote an article about creation science, I receive personal attacks from strangers on Twitter. Does that sound like a rational response to you? Me, neither. But so what? It's part of the job for which I enlisted. But I'll never understand what they hope to gain by demonizing the person instead of dealing with the concept; that is the stuff of shallow thinking and petty vendettas.
But I wanted to dwell on something else. Several of the reactions contain the same logical fallacies (the ad hominem personal attacks are the most popular). Unfortunately, I see some other fallacies frequently coming from these weak minds:
- Poisoning the Well
- Genetic Fallacy
- Selective Citing
- Straw Man
- Red Herring ... mmmm... Red Herring ... with lemon...
One way to avoid dealing with the sources is to say that they are false, or spurious. I believe it's because they don't like the sources (Genetic Fallacy). Let's think about this for a moment.
It's absurd enough to insult me for using them, but they only have emotionally-based insults instead of reasons for disparaging the sources. It seems to me that some people cannot be pleased because I often (but not exclusively) use Christian and Conservative sources. (By the way, I have a reasonable expectation that people can see op-ed pieces for what they are.)
So, this should be taken to its logical conclusion.
Conservatives are used to attacks from Leftists. Even though we have higher standards than Leftists rags like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and the mainstream networks, you keep going on about dishonest Conservatives. How dumb can you get? How low can you get, slandering the character of people just because you don't have the guts to even hear or read what they have to say?
But keep the slander and libel to yourselves.