"Welcome to another episode of atheists nomads. I am Dustin and joining me. Lauren and Dan Kelly is watching something true in the fact room. So she's currently calling for me but we'll see how this this works. I got some mail this weekend. Yes we love it when you get special mail this special all in quotation marks. US Postal Service from share him Share him was one of the sponsoring organizations of the eventual six series that I preached in in Mexico when I left the Church and Christianity that fateful trip Yup and I'm just get to read the first little bit here dear Dustin. There's a crisis today in the adventist church and I'm writing to ask your help. Nearly seventy percent of young adventists adventists in North America are leaving the Church according to Dr. Doug Jacobs the ominous churches -greeing if we don't do something soon. The future of the church is is in trouble. Don- Don- seventy percent are leaving now of the youth of the youth. When I was graduating college? They were saying fifty percent. Yeah that sounds about right I think back. Then it was probably seventy seventy and now it's probably ninety. Yeah the numbers. I'm sure are way behind. Yeah numbers like that. Tend to be behind simple because surveys surveys and census information do tend to be slow but ended oscillate usually couple years not. Oh it usually takes his church a good twenty ten to twenty years actually dropped members from the books. Yeah they're really gonNA freak out when they actually get all caught up. Oh yeah why do you keep getting mail from adventists. It's okay so I stopped the stuff since The quiet hour who is the other sponsor of the eventual the sixth series. They were tied in more efficiently with the church. Then share him as both there are independent ministries. So when I ask that all publications be stopped being sent to me when I resigned my membership officially that included getting the quiet hour our to stop sending me their magazine address to Pastor Dustin Williams okay and that stopped the various church magazines and newsletters as well. This isn't one of those. This was their Fox. They know they're fucked. This was the letter equivalent of a cold call. This this was going back through records. They reached out to everybody who has ever preach one of those series to see if they can get money to help. Help get more people doing that. You try to keep the church from dying now. Of course what's kind of funny with share him in particular is they focus on on overseas missions and unless early truly overseas but not. US Not Candida Mexican not really Europe Mexico Africa Pacific Ghailan's although not so much the Pacific islands. They're pretty saturated already But Mexico's a a really popular one for that. Because it's cheap airfare and the problem with the graying Avin to church is not the rest of the world it's the US it's the rich ones. The the ones with the money are green out and I went into retirement cutting back donations and I suspect it specifically white put Americans because if you look at the demographics and the admins church one the demographic diversity Study recently with being the most ethnically diverse church in America Roughly equally split between White Black and Latino Nice that is because they've continued while they've been successful at maintaining numbers overall but they've been losing white people. Oh Yeah Oh yeah so. It's not not a super majority of white people like other religions are like they used to be. Yeah Yeah Okay Yeah. The church historically has been maybe it was. Just you're targeting. Oh no no this is this is those are the areas that are continuing to grow. They're hemorrhaging white people. Well all the white kids graduate from adventist colleges and never step foot in Avenue Church again until their grandparents or parents die or go to Mexico Sokoto and go swimming with French girls and that was smoke cigars and drink for the first time in their lives and realize there's no going back now. Those was what share him is trying to raise money to do is to send adventists young people to the rest of the world to preach evangelistic series to not to save souls overseas. It's to save the souls of the young people that are preaching these series. Now they they could care less about the people overseas right. They're doing just fine out in the rest of the world. Yeah they're they're worried about the money. Based drying rang up yeah and they should be because their money basis drying up. It's just funny that they reached out to somebody such as yourself who used one of those trips as my last ditch effort to save my faith and it quickly convinced me that Oh the entire adventist message is based on old misinformation and rhetorical games to try to convince people of problems. They don't have and offering them the solution to those Said problems that you invented. Yeah most most religions are like that is religion they all do that. The church specifically civically though tries to make an argument that they're right because of Bible prophecy. Yeah they're really heavy on the Bible Prophecy and the Bible prophecy only works a few massage. The historical record chest rate to make everything fit just right and yeah that does not actually hold up really stretch and reinterprets aunts and then of course there are also you know the affluent white kids go to colleges a study and realize that. Maybe this isn't all sound. Do they leave the church. And then you get letters. Twenty years later fifteen ten this would have been ten years twelve and a half twelve and a half years after. They've left the church begging them for money. Yup Yup awesome and I'm very proud of him. He did actually rece- reply to them so as of recording I have replied once in that that was asking how they got my current address because I was stripped from the books and should have not been getting any forwarding. Stuff getting reported back. ACT The ominous church. I thought for sure it was the university in I went through that when I lived in Lynnwood and the only stuff I've gotten from the anything adventist since then as been my high school and college. Yeah and now this They get their mailing lists updated updated by the postal service. Because apparently if you give somebody give the postal service lists of names and their last known address they will validate that list and updated for are you. That's fucking bullshit. Yeah talking to the Postal Service about that. They should not be giving my address man when we have news. The United States government is preparing slowly for developing the sixth branch of the US military. Most countries are good with three now. Now we gotta have twice as many as everybody else. Most people who would have thought five was already enough for too many but no we need to have six because America America Arcata Fuck. Yeah so part of this. Preparation is the blessing of the official Bible for the US Space Force. I Space Force Base wars two point. Oh but the official Yeah Bible this is what all the top brass is going to be. Sworn on this. They had a ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday. which in case you aren't aware the Washington Washington national original Cathedral is the seat of the archdiocese of Washington for the Episcopal Church? So that's Church of England not official. US anything yeah. That's funny it's commonly used as if there needs to be a generic Eric Religious Service in Chris Shitty for something governmental an ex presidents funeral. They will often use the Washington National Cathedral L. But they had a blessing ceremony for the official Bible. They'll be used for the space force taking part in that included believes the air force. Chief of chaplains a two star general and several pastors from now various places. Yeah the Air Force Chaplains King James Bible. It was donated by the Museum of the Bible. No not those guys. Hobby lobby owners gap project as Steve Green and Yeah the Dean of the National Cathedral was there a bunch of people involved and it's being protested Hillary Religious Freedom Foundation is leading the protests there statement to NPR was the Military Religious Freedom Foundation condemns in his full-throated a manner as humanly possible. The shocking repulsive display of only the most vile exclusivist fundamentalist Christian supremacy. Wow that strongly-worded awarded. Yes Weinstein went on with the utilization of a Christian Bible the swearing commanders. The new space force or any other Department of Defense Branch at any level is completely violative of the bedrock separation of church and state mandate of the First Amendment of the US. Constitution you God damn gear. Yeah this is something that shouldn't have needed to happen. It didn't need to happen and it shouldn't have happened in the first place but it did and it happens stuff like this happens all the time. Oh yeah all the time for a basically the exact opposite Manolis New York town board swore in four new members. One chose the Bible. The other three used the city city code book looking for them. Three out of four newly elected members did not swear on the Bible good. I wonder if the Boise may new Boise mayor was. I'm sure she did. That would have been that would have been. We would have seen that if they she hadn't true that would have been. Yeah John Deere Lane. Denton and heather waters are the ones who did not use the Bible all three three or Democrats and they had various reasons for using the codes book. Not The Bible. Dear said that he's an atheist and believes in separation researching state didn't said that using illegal book just seemed right and the third member wasn't entirely sure what she was gonNA swear in on she thought about now A work by Fayetteville suffrage US Matilda Joslyn Gage but then she thought maybe that wasn't necessary. Sorry she thought about the New York state constitution but in the end went with the binder complete with post it notes her binder winder with post it notes though the official copy of the town code is in a binder that has posted notes hanging out of it. That's that's awesome. Yeah so congratulations. To The new board members of medallists New York really may more follow in their footsteps but benedict is back in the news after several years of silence gasping. It's been quiet for a little while. Normally when you abdicate the papal throne you. Well there is a whole lot of personnel. What happens to that? I thought the next time we're gonNA hear about him. He was GONNA GONNA be dead. I was figuring dead or more likely accused of fucking a bunch of children. It ended up being. No He is is is publishing a new book reaffirming the necessity of the celibate priesthood. And this is happening at the same time that Pope Francis is working on expanding the ordination of married men. Okay so move a little bit of head butting between popes here just in time for the new movie two popes Nice to come out in theaters. Now that's on that flicks we have ninety hitters. Oh it is hitting theaters. The actually this being shown at the cheap theater. Oh Well No. This is a funny case. Where if they're actually butting heads then that would mean benedict is."