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“No true Muslim”: how to think using reality and facts


It took a few days, but the politicians are finally getting around to their obligatory declarations that the Paris attacks “have nothing to do with Islam” and that we must all become even more lefty in order to continue to prove that we are devoted to our ideology no matter what. No matter how many people are murdered, shot, blown up, gang raped, enslaved, beheaded, crucified, set on fire and thrown off buildings, nothing, absolutely NOTHING is more important than demonstrating one’s PC cred.

Meanwhile, we’ve got this hilarious video of French journalists and Paris Muslims all exclaiming that the fact that these were terrorist attacks proves the perpetrators are not “true Muslims.”

Here, let me help you with that.

There’s this thing, “a rhetorical fallacy,” which is something that people who know how to think try to avoid using so they can figure out what is true and what is stupid bullshit. This is what we used to call “thinking” with “clarity” based on “reality” and starting with “facts”.

Smarty-smart people in the past made up funny names for a bunch of them. You’ve probably heard of “ad hominem” and “straw man,” right? Aren’t they funny?

Well one of them is called the “No True Scotsman” fallacy, and it goes kind of like this, (only we’re going to edit it a little so you can be helped to see how it applies to us today with help from Wikipedia…see how easy it is to look things up? Easy and fun!):

“No True Muslim” is an informal fallacy, an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion like “Islam means peace”. When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim – like a bunch of guys claiming to belong to the Islamic state who kill a bunch of people and blow themselves up while yelling “Allahu Akbar” and who are later identified by the Islamic State as as Islamic State militants doing things for Islamic reasons – the No True Muslim fallacy will say, “It can’t be about Islam because no Muslim would do such a thing.”

Rather than denying the counterexample or rejecting the original claim, this fallacy modifies the subject of the assertion to exclude the specific case or others like it by rhetoric, without reference to any specific objective rule (“no true Muslim would do such a thing”).

In other words, it is simply a barefaced denial of the reality that is in front of all our eyes.

We are being gaslighted.

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