You're absolutely right. I live on Maui, and see who it is that is protesting the loudest. There are a few people who genuinely believe it is a desecration, but that is a small minority of the protesters. Not that I mean to disrespect that minority, their viewpoint is legitimate in that it is what they truly believe, but I do mean to bash the rest, as those are illogical, irrational reality-deniers (anti-science == reality-denialism). It is the same people who think anything sciency or not "natural" is the epitome of evil. It is the same people sign waiving to ban GMOs. The same people who share miracle cures of juices, essential oils, and homeopathic remedies on Facebook.
There has been a big stink over GMOs here lately, and TMT protest is merely an extension of that. If not for the GMO nonsense, these people would not be protesting TMT, it wouldn't even be a blip on their radar. Fundamentally, they both represent greed, development, advancement, and are anti-natural and anti-Organic (yes I realize the ridiculousness of those terms, please don't try to debate me, I'm telling where these people are coming from) to them. These are the people who, when presented with numerous citations on why GMOs are safe, either insist that it was all done by paid shills, or that even if GMOs are safe then they should be banned because MONSANTO is a huge corporation so it's evil. And they'll spout their anti-GMO rhetoric from an Apple (14x the size of Monsanto) computer or one running Microsoft Windows (7x the size of Monsanto), then jump in their Toyota (4x the size of Monsanto) to go to Starbucks (1.5x the size of Monsanto) so they can Facebook (4x the size of Monsanto) from their Google (7x the size of Monsanto) Android phone over the Verizon (3.5x the size of Monsanto) network. But stay away from GMOs because Monsanto is a HUGE corporation! GMOs and TMT are the same thing to these people.
Again, I'll point out I'm not referring to everybody, I'm referring to the greenies that constitute a vast majority of the protesters.