Which begs the question what is this thread about ?
Back in the late 60's the debate was raging in UK circles about Vipassana with one side ( the Buddhist Society. the FWBO ) against and a number of teachers for. That debate still goes on, and the arguments for and against have not changed. In the end and by and large and to generalise, it comes down to a debate between those who have done it in an extended way, and those who have not.
There is another elephant in the room..which is about those who are confident that they can and do traverse the Jhanas and those who are unconvinced that this is really an option for we who live in a modern urban setting.