The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person’s actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position. This sort of “reasoning” has the following pattern:
- Person A has position X.
- Person B presents position Y (which is a distorted version of X).
- Person B attacks position Y.
- Therefore X is false/incorrect/flawed.
This sort of “reasoning” is fallacious because attacking a distorted version of a position simply does not constitute an attack on the position itself. One might as well expect an attack on a poor drawing of a person to hurt the person. (source URL here)
-I believe in a God, but I don’t agree with Christianity.
–Then you MUST accept Islam because it is a more up to date version of Christianity.
-I don’t agree with Islam either.
–Then you must worship Satan because anybody who does not follow Islam is a servant of Satan!
-Muhammad had sex with a 9 year old girl named Aisha, which means that he’s a pedophile. A pedophile is an adult who is sexually attracted to children.
–Muhammad can do no wrong because the Qur’an confirms he is the perfect human being. Therefore, by criticizing him, you are the devil!
-I’ve done my research in the major religions in the world, and conclude that none of them are completely true.
–That’s impossible! You haven’t researched Islam. If you do, you will find out that it’s the only one that makes sense.
-No, it doesn’t make sense to me.
–Then there is something wrong with you as a human being, because all humans accept Islam!
-American soldiers are starting wars in Middle Eastern countries.
–Christianity is a very violent religion because Christians are starting wars against Muslims.
-Darwin didn’t agree with Creationism and proposed an alternative idea that makes a lot more sense.
–Apes are Jews who were cursed by Allah for not following his message. Therefore, Darwin just proved that he’s a Jew, and he’s trying to make his ape race feel better about being scum.
If you want to perpetuate a bullshit religion, the best way to do it is by undermining the opposition with stupid arguments.