Not once in my post, nor anywhere else on Geo (I hope) have I ever expressed views that you are suggesting I have. My point is simply this. Liberalism works in the West it does NOT work in Islamic countries. Whether that is awful by western standards is not the debate. Whether people jump over the border for fun is not the debate, whether Dubai effectively silently endorses expat behaviour in and around the Marina, Jumeirah beach and other places and allows liquor licenses for westerners is not the debate.
Within the borders of Qatar the rules have not changed and are not going to change before the World Cup. Now if you’d bothered even to read the first article there is expected behaviour and dress code long before you even get into sexuality issues. That is a simple fact. Boundaries are going to be challenged and it is sometimes not going to be pretty.
The point is simple. Liberalism works in the western world. It isn’t happening in Qatar and other Middle Eastern states and quite frankly there is no meaningful global sporting or political will to challenge it.
Don’t get me started on religion. One visit to the vast wealth of the Vatican museum killed any remote possibility of belief.
In 2018 Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general, said “less democracy is sometimes better for organizing a World Cup,” ... “When you have a very strong head of state who can decide, as maybe Putin"
Qatar appear to have won the bid on financial grounds rather than growing the game and spreading peace and love.
I guess the issues is over the word 'respect'. Modern thinking seems to link respect with approval. I believe you can respect the law and the way it is enforced and fully disagree with it.