Benny Phi, I have deleted my comments because I allowed my disagreements with your position to severely cloud my judgement and professionalism.
I attacked the messenger rather than the message, and that is inexcusable.
I should never have said the things I said, and I sincerely apologize for saying them.
It is probably best that for the time being that I recuse myself from discussions of LGBTQ rights in the Middle East. I feel far too close to the issues there. I don’t trust myself to be dispassionate.
One day in the future, though, I’d like to delve more deeply into this.