Category: Fallacies of Distraction
Definition: Two unrelated points are conjoined as a single proposition
Two otherwise unrelated points are conjoined and treated as a single proposition. The reader is expected to accept or reject both together, when in reality one is acceptable while the other is not. A complex question is an illegitimate use of the "and" operator.
Identify the two propositions illegitimately conjoined and show that believing one does not mean that you have to believe the other. (Cedarblom and Paulsen: 86, Copi and Cohen: 96)