This morning I read an article by a BBC columnist who visited Kansas recently and noticed a change. He saw the face of Evangelical Christianity looking very different than the one he previously knew. The Fred Phelps and their wacko ilk are still around, but at one large mega-church the congregation opted for a less dogmatic leader. In fact they opted to kick out the former "hell fire and brimstone" pastor and get one who was more concerned about the environment and the poor.
It’s obvious from the tone of the piece that the columnist has only been exposed to the radical form of Christianity in the US, but it still is an encouraging sign when a church turns from bashing gays to feeding the poor.