The APPEAL TO RIDICULE
The Appeal to Ridicule: this type of fallacy is also known as ‘the appeal to mockery’ or the ‘horse laugh’ and is a fallacy in which overt ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an ‘argument’. This line of ‘reasoning’ has the following form:
1. X, which is some form of ridicule, is directed at a claim, C.
2. Therefore claim C is false.
This sort of ‘reasoning’ is purely fallacious because mocking a claim does not show that it is false. This is especially clear in the following example:
P1. 1 + 1 = 2? That’s the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!
C1. Therefore, 1 + 1 = 2 is false!
M: I really do think it is possible to bring back Islam as it was in the past with its complete systems.
R: Yeah, of course you would! That’s just laughable and pure fantasy. You crazy islamist brothers, man, always banging on about khilafah as the solution!
- Finding an argument as “laughable”, a “fantasy” and labeling the proponents of the argument as “crazy” has no bearing on the truth or falsity of the argument.
- This fallacy slips into many arguments and the da`wa carrier must be on guard against them.
- The da`wa carrier will notice these types of argument especially on internet forum and chat rooms by individuals who don’t have an ounce of knowledge but can hide behind a pseudonym and lambaste other Muslims for their views.