.....but I see the bucolic East Coast is not immune.
A local evangelical church is featured in "Halifax Magazine", a free add-in to the local Sunday paper.
From the article-
"He (Russ Conway, the pastor) initially says a gay person would be welcome within the church, but when pressed acknowledges that unless they wanted to become straight they would not be welcome."
And I'll give you the last three paragraphs (or what I feel is the scary part);
"On a Tuesday afternoon at the Sackville Sports Stadium, down the road from Rock Church, scores of teenagers race past me, scoping out seats and diving into them so they won’t have to stand. The room was made to seat about 50 but is holding about 80 or 90 right now, and there’s a line-up out the door. The kids call this “Jesus Pizza.” Every Tuesday the church’s youth pastor, Mike Miller rents a room here, which is strategically situated next door to Sackville High School, and the students are rewarded with a slice of pizza if they sit through a short sermon.
“It’s only one piece of pizza,” Miller says. “It’s not like it’s that much of an incentive.” Incentive or not, he’s packed the place, and despite some bored and hungry-looking young faces in the crowd, when he calls on them to answer questions, he gets genuine answers. “Almost none of these kids attend our church,” he says.
These kids represent fresh recruits."
Full article at http://halifaxmag.com/2011/09/cover/on-solid-rock/