The genetic fallacy (also known as the fallacy of origins or fallacy of virtue) is a fallacy of irrelevance where a conclusion is suggested based solely on someone’s or something’s history, origin, or source rather than its current meaning or context.

An example of the genetic fallacy is: “You are only a Christian because you were born and raised in America.” The problem is that there are also Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, atheists, agnostics, and many others born and raised in America.