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Monday, April 10, 2017

LOGIC. THE FALLACIES OF: SPECIAL PLEADING, APPEAL TO A HIGHER POWER, LACK OF FAITH, SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE. PART 3.


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3)  SUFFERING CAUSED BY LACK OF PROPER ACTION.-  Example.

Person #1-  "Did you hear the latest News Report.  They say that the Hurricane is Bearing down on us, and should hit in the next couple of days. They suggest we evacuate to Inland Areas to avoid the Storm Surge and High Winds.

Person #2-  "There is no need to worry.  I went to Church today, and Prayed for the Safety of Everyone.  Look at Scripture, there are plenty of Prayers that will Ensure that God will intercede on our behalf and keep us free from Harm."  


THIS IS THE "APPEAL TO A GREATER POWER" FALLACY.



4)  DOUBLE STANDARDS IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM.-  Example.

JUDGE-  "We are a Nation of Laws, and each of us must assume the Responsibility for our Actions. By Stealing from your Employer, you put the Business in Danger of Bankruptcy.  In addition, your fellow employees could have lost Their Jobs."

CONVICTED EMBEZZLER-  "In my case, Your Honor, there was a good reason to take the money. Many of the Supervisors and Employees have Gambling and Drinking Problems.  The Lack of Profits would Force them to Prioritize Their take Home Pay, and look to the needs of Family First.  I was helping them."


THIS IS THE "SPECIAL PLEADING" FALLACY. 


Remember, these are not meant to Discourage Faith, or Beliefs that cannot be examined through Academic Methods.  Faith is Personal Choice, and should remain that way.  However, when Actions Dictated by Faith involve the Possible Well- Being of Others, Government has a Duty to Protect those who may Suffer Adverse Consequences of Choices made on Their Behalf.