I think that the point that you are missing is that if you are NOT required to believe the teachings of others that are there. You are free to come to your own conclusions. You are also free decide which speaker/s that you are interested in hearing.
Most important of all, I feel that you are not understanding that this is a place for healing and crying and venting and learning.......Everyone there is helping everyone else. The difference between this board and those conventions is that most believe in Christ as their mediator between God and man not the wt. So it is a form of fellowship for Xcult members and I feel that you are doing a great disservice to others on this board by coming to an unfounded conclusion. There is absolutely noone telling anyone what they should do. It is a place full of joy and friendship and most importantly....freedom. luv,dj