authoritative assertion

See: dictum
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The columnist notes that in Egypt people react to decisions and rulings that do not comply with their views with scorn and rejection, whether it be the ruling of a court of law, the verdict of a religious authority such as Al-Azhar, the decision of a football referee, or any other such authoritative assertion.
Regrettably, Dr Murphy's authoritative assertions serve more to prevent than to inform needed public discussion about these complex moral and social questions.