Shoehorning

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Shoehorning is the process of force-fitting some current affair into one's own agenda, e.g., to make something look like a confirmation of a claim after the fact. Shoehorning is different from determining whether the current affair agrees or disagrees with a concrete, falsifiable hypothesis that has already been made.

Examples

  • Believers in evolution shoehorn such things as the development of drug resistance by microorganisms into their dogma.
  • Muslims assert that current events fulfill prophecies in the Qur'an while not admitting that they are reinterpreting those prophecies to fit the current events. Oddly enough, they never make falsifiable, non-obvious predictions based on the Qur'an and note current events that occur after their predictions have been announced and that fulfill their predictions, as one would expect them to do if they were right.