The "casserole lady" principle sounds nice but it's less filling. There is neither protection nor faith support in the Gakkai because their faith is warped and their practice is lame. Better to tackle a serious problem on one's own with the Gohonzon and Nichiren as guide than to rely on the encouragement of one million SGI devils. Also, the truth of the matter is that during severe storms, the so-called "casserole ladies" [and gents], are nowhere to be found. When Nat Dames was well and threw a party, you practically couldn't get through the door to his apartment but when he was dying of colon cancer he had nary a visitor. They can spew their BS in the Huffington Post but they dare not come here to speak.