O Happy Day
The article starts with some background about
The point is that Pastor Phelps and his followers are not much liked by anyone inside or outside
. The "burning at the stake" wing of Kansas 's Christian churches - the wing that stresses vengeance over love - is in trouble. America
The gentle, Nativity-scene crowd are the ones on the up.
Mr Phelps still grabs horrified attention from foreigners and Americans alike but most religious Kansans (and that means most Kansans) are becoming steadily less aggressive: not less religious but less intolerant.
Opinion polls suggest that younger evangelical Christians are falling out of love with the "big causes" their churches have championed in recent years, in particular with opposing abortion and supporting the
The story goes on to discuss another preacher who lost his megachurch in
You would expect the Rev Fox in God-fearing Kansas, to be preaching in a mega-church, an establishment big enough to cope with the crowds.
And until recently he was: the
near the centre of town was his. Immanuel Baptist Church
It was easily spotted because of the huge, tubular, white cross, 100ft (30 metres) high and heated from the inside so that it does not freeze and topple over.
But the Rev Fox's cross is all that is left of his ministry at the old place.
He tells me it was time to move on but most locals think he was thrown out for being too dogmatic, too extreme, even in
To see Rev Fox in action, I had to go to the Best Western hotel out among the tattier motels and gas stations on the far outskirts of town.
Karma! And the bit about the younger crowd drifting away from the values of their parents is heartening, too.