August 1, 2012 by mattfradd
Yeah, because that’s what they said…
You’ll remember a few weeks ago I posted an article on logical fallacies. One of the fallacies I mentioned was the straw man fallacy where one, often intentionally, misrepresents his opponent’s position in order to refute it. Okay. Exhibit A:
Really? I mean, really? President and COO of Chick-fil-A, Dan Kathy, says, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” And that makes him an intolerant bigot?
This inflammatory language is a straw man which misrepresents a position entirely, making it easier to knock down. It’s unhelpful and juvenile…and unhelpful…and juvenile.
p.s. Speaking of haters, how about this guy!: “If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership,” Oh wait, that was Elton John. Never mind.
Anyway, those are my narrow minded, hateful thoughts. What are yours?