Their worst nightmare....
Not that it's not apparent that they're desperate to try and stand 'toe to toe' and that they're willing to try and fight out of their weight class, but you can see that they are 'conditioned' to simply 'See red' when a person too intelligent to join their cult, comes along, or is simply living their life oblivious to their fears.
I found this quote which appears to belong to Martin Luther:
"When the devil wants to cause offense against the true doctrine and faith, he does not do so through insignificant people, who do not rate highly with the world, but through those who are the very best, the wisest, the holiest, and the most learned." Martin Luther
So, it's actually a backhanded compliment when they come nipping at your heels.
If that's any consolation...
I keep asking myself " Are they just playin' stupid, or are they just plain stupid?..."
"To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy" : David Brooks
" Only on the subject of God can smart people still imagine that they reap the fruits of human intelligence even as they plow them under." : Sam Harris