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When responding to an article it is logical to assume that one would like to come off as intelligent and well-spoken This is difficult to achieve when fallacies are apparent in many varying fashions throughout the response Fallacies have the effect of weakening a statement by simply making the writer appear uneducated In the letter to editor entitled Ten Commandments shouldnt be in schools which appears in The Pantagraph there are many different examples of fallacies which assume the undesired responsibility of enfeebling the opinion of the writer The basic view of the writer is clear from the beginning of the response and while there is nothing noticeably objectionable stated one becomes disillusioned by the author because of her literary lying The authors credibility is destroyed by the abundance of fallacies the first of which is a Straw man How would you feel if in addition to the Ten Commandments we posted the Satanic Ten Commandments The author is clearly taking her adversarys view and twisting it to the extreme Obviously no self-respecting school is going to promote the worship of Satan and to suggest such an idea even in sarcasm is foolish A more appropriate way to suggest an alternative to the Ten Commandments would be to propose a different religion such as Judaism post their beliefs in schools By doing this the author conveys her message of distaste for religion in schools and maintains a realistic viewpoint There is no need for this Straw man Instead of suggesting a logical choice the author creates another fallacy a false dilemma If you want the Ten Commandments posted in school then start your own school The author implies that there are only two choices in this matter however this is not the truth there are many options which can be explored before stating that there are only two choices The author never suggests posting many different religions viewpoints in school or any
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