Ok, I dont like posting personal information on here to help narrow down who I am IRL, but I live next door to a church and they are the worst neighbors I have ever had in my life. I have never lived next door to anyone that has ever treated me worse, ever. They scream and cuss, are covered in trashy tattoos (not nice looking tats at all, looks like jail tats), allow their dogs to harass me while they run loose in their parking lot, and just generally are horrible people. So this does not surprise me and if the article had been about a church in Idaho I would think it was my neighbors.
Fun fact - I have lived next to several bars in cali and in idaho and been treated better each time. The whole extended family lives on the church grounds and "work" there.