Appeal to Tradition Examples

Appeal to Tradition

Appeal to Tradition is a type of logical fallacy in which something is accepted as true or better because it's the "way it's always been done." There is no evidence that a specific belief or course of action actually is better. It is just believed to be better because it is the traditional belief or course of action.

Examples of Appeal to Tradition:

1. Church should begin at 11am because that's the time that we have always begun the church service.

2. The cheerleaders should be allowed to wear their uniforms to school on Fridays because that's the way we have always done it. It is a tradition at this school.

3. No one in this family has ever been divorced; therefore, you need to work out your marital problems. We don't get divorced!

4. Everyone in our family has gone to the University of Tennessee, so you need to apply to UT.

5. Gay marriage is wrong because marriage has always been between a man and a woman.

6. We have always gotten out of school before Memorial Day, so you cannot change the school calendar to have students attend school after Memorial Day.

7. My family has always gotten together for Christmas on Christmas night. I cannot ask them to move it now that we are married because that's the way they have always done it.

8. The town has always had a parade on the 4th of July and it has always proceeded through the town square. We cannot have construction this summer because we cannot change the route of the parade.

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