^^^That was how I felt about this. I'm kind of reluctant when it comes to hurting Karen's feelings. I know she means well, she's a warm and loving person and it must be very difficult for her to adjust to life outside scientology. She even managed to keep her sense of humor after all those years in. I admire that.
I don't agree with her on several points, but tend to avoid the discussion on subjective things like beliefs. But this one.... Just to many things that are plainly and factually wrong.
If we all keep protecting Karen from the critique we do give to other posters, we're not doing her a favor.
She is not a little child, but an intelligent woman who had a hard time, like all the exes who were in the cult for a very long period. She needs time to adjust, like all who gave the greatest part of their life to the cult.
I would never intentionally be rude or mean to her, just to hurt her feelings or to get the last word. But it is, IMO, kind of condescending to act as if we all have to keep treating Karen with silken gloves because she can't cope with reality. Sure she can.
She's proven to be strong enough to leave the church behind in spite of all the handling and harassing. If she could make it through that, I'm sure she can handle some factual criticism just as well as any other person.
In real life one has to deal with different opinions every now and then. That goes for me and you, but it goes for Karen too. To treat her differently because of who she was in the church is a form of discriminating. We know what she went through, we can try to keep an open eye on that, but we don't do her any favor by treating her like she's about to break into pieces when confronted with opposite views.
There is no need to ridicule Karen or attack her continued belief in the Tech, but she's woman enough to handle some critical evaluation of facts. She's a strong person in a period of transition who needs support. She's not a little child that should be protected from any negative emotional upheaval.
Being an equal partner in a lively debate will be much more helpful to Karen in the long run than being screened off from anything that could upset and enturbulate her, like she was while still in the church.
At least, that's my personal opinion on the matter. But I'm open to a free and lively discussion.