Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel about it, too.
But I do think some people have the idea that it's ok for them to talk to Scn'ists that way (and I am NOT referring to anyone and everyone who expresses disagreement with Scn in their posts. I'm referring to those who try to impose their own views on Scn'ists in some highly personalized commentary and I'm thinking of some posts I've seen on a.r.s. and OCMB, particularly.) but that it is not ever ok for the Scn'ist to answer back.
I think that tact and give and take are owed when the discussion is on topic and polite, though, but that's a different story.
People are generally afraid of the occult because they have been the negative effect of it.
The only thing they can do sometimes is distance themselves from it by making nothing out of it. They think that makes it go away. It doesn't.
Mystery, confusion, fear are the basis of this. I was involved with many different avenues of the occult before Scientology, and so was Hubbard.
There was a woman recently in court trying to get the Harry Potter books banned from the school library.
I have never turned against people who were not involved in Scientology or who were involved in other practices. Exploration is healthy. But I am accustomed to seeing the protests about the supernatural.
I don't think people mean to be rude and abusive, it is just an effort to withdraw or stop the supernatural and push it away from themselves.
Those are the people that feel safe living in the box.
And they have a right to the security that brings to them.
It's location location location.