maggie2Fatwa (noun) (\ˈfət-wə, ˈfät-wä\): a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader.

Maggie Gallagher, speaking to K-Lo, the world’s saddest Catholic:

What you are really asking is: Will we concede the legitimacy of Kennedy’s fatwa against us, or will we respond with a sustained opposition — legal, political, cultural, and of the moral imagination?

I don’t believe in inevitability, I believe in human freedom and our power to shape the future. So it depends on us. But certainly I believe, as I wrote in the Los Angeles Times, that the questions raised by marriage — deeply rooted in our conception of who we are as men and women, the meaning of sexuality and gender — cannot be put to rest by the power of five lawyers on however high a court.

The cultural struggle I predicted in “Banned in Boston” is clearly playing out. Will they succeed in persuading us to accept the second-class status Kennedy lays out for us?

Maggie? Take a pill. Justice Kennedy is not a religious leader. You see, YOU are the one, you and your side, Mrs. Gallagher-Srivastav, who wants to impose your backwards religious beliefs on the rest of society. YOU are the one who wants to deprive people of their rights based on your religious beliefs. And YOU are the one attempting to preserve a second-class status for a recognized minority group. The fact that you think anyone is stupid enough to accept your twisted logic shows the contempt you hold for your donors.

[h/t Joe]