Having their heads down supposedly protected them so that the only witnesses hurt were the ones that were not following along with the speaker.
ROFL! That's a new one for me! I would have been protected at the meetings if that was the case. I would fall asleep with my bible open so it looked like I was following along.
It just goes to show that it pays to sleep through those torturous meetings.
Insanity in individuals is something rare- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule. - Nietzsche