"I will continue to speak out about what I believe and I will continue to practice the art I have devoted my life to."
Let's address this as well. You haven't had any experience in any other art besides what you were shown. You don't know anything about or had a lesson in anything else, so you just know what you've been TOLD. You don't know from EXPERIENCE. Kinda like armchair quarterbacking.
BTW Denial is more than a river in Egypt.