And you can be as angry as you want with whoever you want for whatever you want and I’m happy with that but the moment you reduce someone’s freedoms because of their opinions instead of their actions then you are effectively punishing a thought crime and that is a step too far.
I think the fact that people believe in sky daddies is quite frankly ridiculous and particularly damaging to society but do I think you should punish people for choosing to believe nonsense? No
Agree 100 per cent on the last point, but if I'm not mistaken, being homosexual is not a crime in Qatar, but homosexuality is. I don't believe thought crimes are either, and that would be a very difficult thing to prove anyway. From what I've read, if you're gay in Qatar, you won't have a problem once you keep your head down. It's not difficult for men to pick-up other men either: you can even use Grindr with a VPN, apparently. You just don't advertise it. That's their culture. That's not to say that I approve of it, it's just the way things are. Every country has it's own culture, and you need to respect that. I've been travelling for over 50 years and never had any trouble anywhere because of my sexuality, and I've been to some of the most repressive regimes in the world. I don't advertise it, but I don't hide it either. I remember having some interesting discussions in Iran with (presumably straight) men who were completely oblivious to the execution of two gay teenagers recently hanged by the regime. One even denied the existence of lesbians in the country
. The last thing I would do is wave a rainbow flag in another country (I wouldn't even do it in my own, come to think of it), but I like to think I may have prised open a few closed minds, even a little bit, by gentle persuasion.
The diversity idea requires one to accept other people’s/nation’s diversity—it’s their country, their circus. Accept or stay away, don’t try to impose your beliefs elsewhere.
That's the conundrum at the heart of the LGBTQ+ community: we're all for diversity, and tolerance, but not towards people who disagree with us.