Spot the fallacy

It’s time for another game of Spot the logical fallacy.  This week we look at a post from the King of Rhetoric, Bill Muehlenberg.  There have been promising developments on the gay rights front in recent weeks, and Bill’s not too happy about it.  Gays and lesbians may be gaining access to IVF and their families may be gaining more formal recognition, so Bill has this to say:

Also, (Victorian Law Reform Commissioner) Dr Ross is being quite disingenuous here, by claiming children in different types of relationship settings need legal recognition. If that is the case, why not go all the way? Why not change all our laws and legalise in favor of other minority situations? After all, some children grow up in households where their parents are drug addicts. Should we legalise all drugs, therefore, in the interests of the child?

Maybe we should abolish all laws against theft as well. After all, a minority of children grow up in homes where the parents are thieves. If we want the children not be stigmatized or felt left out, I guess we must legally recognise their parents’ situation as well.

Over to you…


~ by Sammy Jankis on December 16, 2007.

One Response to “Spot the fallacy”

  1. Where to begin? How about Bad Analogy? Muehlenberg’s argument is based on the claim that gay people are like thieves or drug addicts. He doesn’t justify why gay people are like thieves or drug addicts: he merely asserts that they are (Argument By Assertion). So his argument constitutes a Question-begging Analogy: the (dodgy, unsupported) assumption that gay people are like thieves or drug addicts underpins the claim that if we grant legal recognition to gay parents, we’ll have to legalise drugs and abolish laws against theft as well. Actually, that’s another fallacy: Non-sequitir.

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