perhaps you should consider what YOU have done to upset the defenders of life, it's not a requirement that they hold you in high regard. Respect is earned, even that of the druids.
And on that note, why wouldn't an Animist want to stop the longnight ritual? They choose to protect life don't they? I'm sure the longnight wasn't raised by you to save life, more likely to destroy it . . .
And taking it even further, if by killing you saves other lives, isn't it worth it, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few right?
Written by my hand on the 14th of Agamnion, in the year 998.