Begging the Question fallacy: U of O says “This is not who we are”

Begging the Question fallacy: U of O says “This is not who we are”

After a large group of students engaged in a vulgar cheer targeted at a religion, the U of Oregon has apologized and issued the usual “Begging the Question” fallacy statement. A lot more background and examples on the Begging the Question fallacy.

After demonstrating who they are, they now say this is not who they are:

But we take great pride in creating a welcoming, respectful place, workplace environment for everybody. Unfortunately a few individuals decided to chant some offensive remarks. That is not who we are. That is not what we stand for. We take it very seriously.

Source: Oregon Ducks athletic director Rob Mullens apologizes for vulgar, anti-Mormon chants during football game with BYU: ‘That is not who we are’

Another example:

For example, when UAL inappropriately and violently removed Dr. David Dao from an airline flight, causing a long-lasting traumatic brain injury, their CEO asserted “This is not who we are”, immediately after demonstrating that this is indeed who they are.

I have a lot of posts and more examples of the Begging the Question fallacy.

Update Nov 2022: Oregon football player punches a fan in the back. This is who they are, unfortunately.

Update Nov 2022: Stanford University also insults BYU. They did it before and did it contrary to Stanford having LDS Church members on its own team. Like Oregon, they used the “Begging the Question” fallacy: “Unfortunately, some of the language that was used in Saturday’s halftime show did not reflect Stanford University’s values of religious freedom and diversity, inclusion and belonging” when, in fact, they just demonstrated exactly who Stanford is (in fact, the same thing they said in 2004).

There is little tolerance in universities, all of whom preach diversity and inclusion. These are the elite that know better than us, of course.

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