While driving behind a vehicle plastered in bumper stickers, the first one to catch someone’s attention may say “Real Christians don’t judge.” Most will not give it a second thought, while others may analyze its message and the individual giving the message. In general this sticker may be found on a variety of vehicles. The vehicle itself is not as important as the individual driving it. While discussing this bumper sticker it will be important to understand where it is found, the fallacies it involves and the problems with the argument.
This bumper sticker is shared by Christians and non-Christians alike. One possible location for a “Real Christians don’t judge” bumper sticker would be on the vehicle of a non-Christian. In this case
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From one fallacy to another this bumper sticker is nothing more than a hypocritical attack against Christians. The use of hasty generalizations is an apparent fallacy in this argument. This is any statement that quickly makes a judgment on a something or someone with insufficient evidence (Ballenger). This bumper sticker represents this by quickly drawing a conclusion based on brief observations of Christians. Ad hominem is also an important fallacy used in this argument. This is when an individual takes an otherwise healthy argument to a personal level (Ballenger). The message, “Real Christians don’t judge,” is a direct insult to Christians. Rather than backing up such an argument with factual evidence this statement turns the argument into a shouting match(Ballenger). The third, and most predominant fallacy employed by this bumper sticker is the use of an either/or statement. An either/or statement keeps an argument to two sides allowing nothing in the middle (Ballenger). This bumper sticker makes the claim that someone is either a Christian or not depending on a single factor. By keeping the argument black and white it does not allow for other options or exceptions (Ballenger).
Christianity is not as strict as many people think. The goal of Christianity is to differentiate between right and wrong. This argument is poor in that it misrepresents Christianity in order to make a personal attack against Christians. It uses no factual