When you understand the HOW and WHY of kickback, you know what to expect. I also primarily use a table saw rated at 3 HP or so, but I can still stall it ....if need be. I would not be able to stall my 5 HP Powermatic and therefore, I give it a lot of respect.
I don't think a blanket statement about what is "unsafe", by anyone here regardless of the number of years of experience, especially and including rrbrown's 25 years, can be applied to a procedure. It all depends on the specific operation, the saw, the fence, the operator's skill and familiarity with that operation etc. Physics still plays a major role in HOW and WHY things happen when wood enters the table saw blade and is pushed along the fence.. If you understand the physics of the tool and wood movement, you will be a much safer operator.
A "skilled" operator can obviously do things more safely based on years of experience, than a novice. Therefore we can't gear all our advice to here to the novice and what may happen if...... just my opinion. If anyone here wants to perform a certain operation as recommended, they do so at their own risk. Power tools are dangerous. I have 3 very good friends who have lost some portion of their fingers in woodworking equipment. It was always because of "operator error", working late, tired, anxious to complete the job, took a shortcut, no safety guard, etc.
My advice, take your time, think it through, use the safety equipment and if it just doesn't feel safe, don't do it.