This expands on a recent comment on a recent posting here...
A lot of people when debating or arguing on this and other forums will toss out the name of a Logical Fallacy as if that in itself is a show stopper.
Some of the favorites are;
Ad Hominem, something that gets thrown in to block any derogatory commentary, but it isn't the game ender people hope for.
If I say "Your arguments are wrong BECAUSE you are an asshole."
THAT is an Ad Hominem.
If I say "Your arguments are wrong AND you are an Ass Hole,"
That is an Observation.
Being an asshole doesn't mean one can't be right on any particular issue, just as being right on an issue doesn't mean one is NOT an anal orifice.
Hitler loved dogs and built great highways. (reducto ad Hitlerium)
It's also NOT an Ad Hominem to point out that someone is not qualified to speak on an issue. Kent Hovind comes to mind, a self aggrandizing fraud, who claims educational experience he simply does not have. Pointing out that he is not qualified to speak on scientific matters is NOT an Ad Hominem.
To paraphrase Bill Maher, In a discussion about science, the non scientist simply doesn't get a vote.
The Straw Man is one of those 'shotgun' fallacies, tossed out frequently with no relevance to the discussion at hand. A straw man is a diversion, a way to switch the flow of discussion onto a lesser topic, thus avoiding the main contention or premise. It's not arguing something the other guy never said, that's just a lie.
Rephrasing an argument is NOT a Straw Man, it's a standard and valid debate technique.
The Straw Man is much more subtle than that. Pointing out a spelling error is an example. How often has a thread been completely derailed because someone brings up a spelling error or grammatical mistake, thus ensuring that the next twelve posts will be about obscure definitions and variant spellings.
In short, just because you claim Fallacy, it ain't necessarily so...
Christianity: A disgusting middle eastern blood cult, based in human sacrifice, with sacraments of cannibalism and vampirism, whose highest icon is of a near naked man hanging in torment from a device of torture.