posted on Apr, 27 2005 @ 12:56 AM
This thread, sadly enough, will likely be ignored because it's in BTS, and no one pays attention to threads in BTS...
I just made a generalization that will likely turn out to be true, but on the same token, I won't be surprised if only one or two people even read
this post, but I would like to be pleasantly surprised to see people reading and discussing this topic.
I'm seeing a disturbing trend lately in the media, and here on ATS/BTS, where very broad generalizations are being made (these are usually fallacious
appeals to emotion
), which end up muddying and obfuscating the original argument or
Some Muslim (or Islamic government, etc.) did something evil, therefore all Muslims are evil.
Some Muslim did something evil, therefore all of Islam is evil.
The truth is, that entity that did something evil is evil, not all Muslims or the Islamic religion. I've personally known many Muslims that abhor
violence, particularly suicide bombers.
Would it be ethical of me to say the following?
Since some pro-life people like murdering abortion doctors, the entire pro-life movement espouses such violence.
The problem with such statements is it naturally provokes someone to say something stupid in opposition to the above statements. Someone might
present isolated instances of Christian violence in response to the first set of quotes, or violence committed by liberals in response to the last
quote. After that, most of the arguments for that thread become pointless because they're all retorts utilizing that one stupid fallacy.
Nonetheless, this post can easily be summed up in one picture: :bnghd: