Atanu Dey On India's Development

The “No True Scotsman” Fallacy

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Now that this fallacy has been making the rounds since the demise of Mr Osama bin Laden, as a public service, please remember to pass this on to the pointy-headed idiot who declared that Osama bin Laden was not a leader of Muslims.

Imagine Hamish McDonald, a Scotsman, sitting down with his Glasgow Morning Herald and seeing an article about how the “Brighton Sex Maniac Strikes Again.” Hamish is shocked and declares that “No Scotsman would do such a thing.” The next day he sits down to read his Glasgow Morning Herald again and this time finds an article about an Aberdeen man whose brutal actions make the Brighton sex maniac seem almost gentlemanly. This fact shows that Hamish was wrong in his opinion but is he going to admit this? Not likely. This time he says, “No true Scotsman would do such a thing.”
—Antony Flew, Thinking About Thinking (1975) [Wiki]

At the risk of running afoul of Godwin’s law, allow me this: “Oh, Adolf Hitler! He was not a leader of Germans. Why, he killed lots of Germans. He was not a true German.”

Well, if Osama bin Laden was not a leader of Muslims, who the f**k was he leading and who were the people carrying out his orders — little green men from mars? Or was it the Amish? Anyone taken in by that kind of horse-doodoo deserves that kind of shit.

The man is an apologist for ruthless killers.

  • http://www.rupees4gigs.com Vijay

    Very true question and obama announcement was such a silly one and mostly covered for election in mind

  • Dark Lord

    Well, OBL followers are all muslims. But if Putapati Sai Baba followers are all hindus, does that make him a leader of Hindus?

    “The man is an apologist for ruthless killers. ”
    Are u saying all muslims are ruthless killers? Thats like 1.5 bn people. By ur logic, Obama kills OBL (leader of muslims) and is an apologist for their followers.

    @vijay: its much easier to win elections in US by swinging to the other end

  • Joe

    @DarkLord – This argument has been told over many times. OBL was a leader of muslims, and his followers (muslims) killed and terrosrized thousands. OBL might not have been the leader for all muslims, but definitely for many muslims.

    Only 2 religions have terrorized masses by killings, muslims and sikhs. Both have origins in Pakistan.