Many pro-LGBT marchers were evacuated by police to prevent confrontations with Orthodox believers protesting "LGBT propaganda".
The public caning is the first time "anti-homosexuality" laws have been enforced in the Muslim-majority country.
The CNN.com contributor talked to The Advocate about the intersections of religion and race.
Church officials say the Boy Scouts' liberalization of gay and trans policies did not factor in the decision, though Mormon leaders previously expressed concern about the Scouts' pro-LGBT stances.
The president was grandstanding with right-wingers when he signed his toothless "religious freedom" order, but he could kill millions with Trumpcare.
Fr. James Martin responded to an antigay Facebook comment with an open-minded history lesson.
The LGBT rights movement has had its share of villains. These are some of the worst.