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The Ad Hominem Fallacy and How to Respond to It

Before the 2016 election, John Pavlovitz penned an open letter to the GOP on his "Stuff That Needs to Be Said" blog. The piece was republished at the Huffington Post under the title, "White, Conservative, Christian Friends—I Wish You Really Were Pro-Life." Following is an excerpt, slightly paraphrased, of what he wrote:

You tell me that you're voting for Donald Trump for one reason: because you're pro-life. Life, you say, is the ultimate deal-breaker for you. I wish that were true. I actually don't believe you're pro-life. No, you're pro-straight, white, Christian fetuses. From where I'm standing, it seems as though "Life," for you, comprises a very...


has a BS in Computer Science and worked in software development with IBM until she hopped off the career track to be a full-time mom. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she works as Deputy Editor of Salvo and writes on apologetics and matters of faith.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #61, Summer 2022 Copyright © 2022 Salvo |


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