Am I an "old-timer"? Yeah, I guess I am.
From history, I would say the closest comparison (to negativity towards Dubs) is the WW2 days when patriotism spurred persecution of JW's. The difference in that case, in my opinion, is that their neutrality was a legitimate right under the Constitution. They could sincerely feel "persecuted for righteousness sake", because of their cause.
This time, they haven't got a leg to stand on. You think the ACLU will help them now??