A half-dozen protesters picketed outside the Church of Scientology headquarters in Dupont Circle last Saturday. Carrying block-print signs with messages like “Scientologists Hate Free Speech” and “Scientology Shouldn’t Be Tax-Exempt,” the group also handed out leaflets, including one titled Free Speech or Destructive Speech?, which stated at the bottom that it was produced by “Concerned Parishioners of the Church of Scientology.” Surprisingly—given the protesters’ pickets—the pamphlet defended the church against its detractors. One middle-aged picketer, who refused to give his name, explained that the church had agreed to let the group members march in front of its building so long as they handed out leaflets with an opposing viewpoint. The picketers declined further comment on their evenhanded approach, though, last time we checked, sidewalks were still public space. A Church of Scientology spokesperson explained the church’s reaction with a quote from founding father L. Ron Hubbard: “To do one’s task without becoming furious at others who seek to prevent one is a mark of greatness—and sanity. And only then can one be happy.”