Zorin OS does not specifically target people who prefer the GUI. That is a bit of a generalization.
It targets Windows Users who wish to move away from Windows, offering more familiarity in layout to ease the transition. Zorin OS project began when they two Zorin Brothers in their young teens set out to find a way to help their father escape Windows and learn to use Linux. Not to rebuild Windows into something their Father could use without transition.
This distinction is extremely important, as it differentiates between a distro being more like Lindows, where it seeks to Emulate or be a Windows-like Distro and one that seeks to be a Gateway to Linux.
The first one is like being On Windows, on Linux. The second one is more like an introduction to Linux while offering enough Windows Familiarity as to not spook the user.
It is quite true that the ZorinGroup and I disagree on some points. Fortunately, the ZorinGroup is not exclusive in their opinions. They do not require everyone to agree with them and I respect that.
But it is true that I believe in promoting the diversity of Linux. Some Windows users migrate away from Linux in order to take advantage of what Linux has to offer.
Some just want "Windows for Free."
And I take a harder line on those who want "Windows For Free." These are the ones who expect Windows Style Customer care. They expect their demands be met, without needing to have to accept the Learning Curve of using a different Operating System.
Now, please remember that we are volunteers on these forums. We simply cannot and should not be obligated to hold a persons hand through what they do not wish to learn, in our own time, merely because they demand it.
Rather, I believe it is our best course to "teach a person to fish."
Use Zorin OS as the introduction to Linux it truly can be.
While offering a more comfortable workstation setting, Zorin OS allows the user to Learn Linux at their own pace. This is different, as you can see, from not learning Linux, at all.
And the point is not to turn Linux into Windows - after all, what purpose would that serve when there is already an established and well-supported Windows to fill that niche?
To suggest, given the above, that it is odd that I would be a Moderator on this forum, is to suggest I may abuse that position in order to, as you word it - diametrically oppose a Windows Users wishes.
Lastly, there is nothing wrong, whatsoever, with GUI. I am a themer. As one, i would be hard pressed to do much theming without GUI.
However, I firmly believe in Using the Right Tool For The Job. This includes using GUI as it applies and using CLI as it applies, not shunning a tool (like CLI) just because you do not wish to learn how to explore its potential and power.
All the tools should be used as the Right Tool for the Job Applies. Never use a screwdriver as a hammer type of thing.
While users may have preferences, we have the option to encourage learning instead of complacency, acceptance instead of being demanding and to Welcome users to Linux, not to re-create Windows for them - for free... Based entirely on all of their own wants.