Good post. I commented about something here a few years ago when there were a few posters that heavily promoted the "Scientology viewpoint of Life" across a gargantuan number of threads. That riled up the "x-factor" (as in EX factor) in some and, never one to miss a fun time, I certainly joined in that party. Then, like clockwork, there were hysterical cries and accusations that the critics were too critical, lol. Some folks (no longer here) regularly got bent out of shape hurling accusations that I was trying to drive people off the board with cruelty and other unspeakably evil mojo. Flame wars erupted, driven by the (then) SJWs policing the board and trying to create a "safe space" where Scientologists and Indie Scientologists were free to Clear the Planet without counter-intention and other-intention. Sometimes the place got really heated up but it was (to me) always extremely entertaining and enjoyable to watch how the SJWs and Scn-Promoters reacted under the spotlight of direct questions and facts. For the most part, they behaved exactly like the SJWs in today's universities; to wit, hysterical finger pointing, nasty-label-hurling & desperate attempts to get critics banned by any means necessary. Yes, the critics were under siege at such times by crusader-trolls who could not stand to read anything that did not agree with their tunnel vision. (So, can you get to the freaking point HelluvaHoax, already???!!!) Yeah, okay, I can do that. lol. What I finally realized after many of these "entheta" exchanges is this. When a critic criticizes the CLAIMS or PRODUCTS OF SCIENTOLOGY (i.e. the hyperbolic claims of supernatural states/powers for Clears & OTs) IT IS PERCEIVED AS A VICIOUS "AD-HOM ATTACK" BY THOSE WHO CONSIDER THEMSELVES CLEARS & OTS. BECAUSE IT IS "INVALIDATING" THEIR VIEW OF THEMSELVES. I even mentioned this on one of famous battle-threads, because I had directly asked the poster (long gone, but famous in their day for effete erudition-cloaked nasty) if they could answer what abilities they achieved by Clear and OT. That line of questioning was like showing a cross to a vampire. All hell broke loose, because nobody (SJWs assured us) was allowed to "attack" other board members. I can't recount the number of SJW attempts to get me moderated or banned. Well once I retired for a while when one of my posts was re-written by Ethercat to sanitize it and make it politically correct. Perhaps her motivations were pure, but I didn't sign up to work as a pro-bono copywriter in the Ministry of (acceptable) Truths, LOL. But, the point is that a SCIENTOLOGIST or INDIE cannot separate themselves from the mythological "states" that L. Ron Hubbard guaranteed them they would achieve. And when they DID attest to said states (Clear, OT, et al) anyone speaking about "Clear" or "OT" was speaking about THEM PERSONALLY? Hence it was an unprovoked, mean, hateful, rule violating Ad Hom! Get it? As with the COS, Indies (and other trolls that specialize in attacking Scn critics, like Rathbun/Alanzo), their entire raison d'être is to make whistleblowers STFU. That's all its about. That's all the Guardians Office was ever about. That's all that OSA was ever about. Scientologists/Indies are always to a marked extend TROLLS by default, since they follow the scripture and mandates of Mankind's Greatest Troll, L. Ron Hubbard. Thus, to the degree that a person believes in Scientology is the degree to which they will do everything in their power to destroy your constitutional right to speak freely; and failing that, Hubbardites will then do everything in their power to disconnect you, so that nobody can hear you speaking. Personally, I really enjoy the dramatic moments when a Scientologist is frozen like a deer in the headlights when presented with facts and asked a question for which they have no way to answer. It is cruel? To Scientologists, yes, unspeakably and intolerably cruel. But is it actually cruel to ask someone a question about the very thing they are promoting? No. It's only cruel to marks, hapless dupes, useful idiots, charlatans, con men and trolls. Oh well, it's nothing new. Wearing the wrong color uniform has always caused people to get shot, in war and conversations.