For me it's largely a moot point since I don't know any Buddhists (let alone Theravada ones) who live anywhere near me.
It does remind me however, of this Dhammapada quote I've got on my calendar on the wall...
Cultivate the company
of those who support your aspiration
for energetic practice of the teachings.
The beauty of pure conduct
conditions whole-hearted well being
giving rise to complete freedom from remorse.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)