damn by association

damn by association

To condemn, vilify, or discredit someone or something due to an association with a particular person, group, or thing. The multinational corporation was damned by association when it came to light that an employee of one of its subsidiaries belonged to a white supremacist organization. After the terrorist attack, many people were quick to damn by association anyone who belonged to the same faith as the terrorists.
See also: damn
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Moreover, linking Islamic Fundamentalism to fascism, which was in general hostile to organized religion, needs to be argued very carefully if it is not to appear as a latter-day form of the totalitarian argument, where the main object is to damn by association.