GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Rev. Al Sharpton has been here before. So has Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney. On Friday, they attended yet another funeral for a Black man killed by a police officer. But this was a new experience for Peter and Dorcas Lyoya. The person being buried was their 26-year-old son. Patrick Lyoya was fatally shot April 4 by a Grand Rapids officer during a traffic stop. The Lyoyas have joined a fraternity nobody wants to belong to, Sharpton said during the Friday funeral. “(Lyoya) ran into an America that we know too well,” he said during a fiery speech. “Enough is enough....
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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" imagined the NSA interviewing three women who say they were abducted by aliens in the opening skit of the season finale.
Two of the women, played by cast member Cecily Strong and SNL host Natasha Lyonne, describe a great experience, learning about science.
But the third woman, portrayed by Kate McKinnon, kept graphically describing her lady parts.
She graphically described her different experiences in third class and where the aliens were infatuated with her public hair.
She apparently left enough of an impression on the aliens that they offered to trade amazing technology if the U.S. Government if her character would live on their planet.
The skit ended with an emotional send-off for McKinnon, who is leaving the show.
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Over forty percent of delegates at the Wisconsin Republican Party Convention in Middleton voted to recall the state's 2020 electoral votes.
“The resolutions provide the grassroots an opportunity to voice their opinions on the issues of the day,” Wisconsin Republican Party executive director, Mark Jefferson told the AP. “These are all issues that our grassroots feel very strong about.”
In addition to the resolution to rescind the election vote, there was also a resolution against GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who has been criticized by some Trump supporters for not doing more to overturn the 2020 election.
Both measures failed.
.@wisgop delegates REJECT resolutions calling for recall of Wisconsin's electoral votes and the removal of @repvos as speaker.
40.3% backed recalling electors (which lawyers say can't happen)
36.4% backed calling on Vos to resign or have @WIAssemblyGOP remove him.
— JR Ross (@jrrosswrites) May 22, 2022
An Ohio megachurch is the focus of an extensive investigation published by The Daily Beast on Saturday.
"Over the last two months, The Daily Beast interviewed 25 former Dwell followers, whose membership spans nearly four decades. While the details of their experiences differed, the result was the same: Dwell, they said, was a church that drew them in when they were young or lonely, showered them with attention and compliments, and quickly turned dark," Emily Shugerman reported. "A church that pressured them to relinquish all their free time, to cut ties with their outside friends and family, to move into group houses with their fellow members. A church that dictated who they could date, where they went to school, and how they groomed their body hair. A church that pressured them to stay in abusive marriages and blamed them when they were raped. A church that warned them that walking away from Dwell would be walking away from God. What they were describing, many of them said, was not a church at all, but a cult."
Executive Pastor Brian Adams told The Beast that "cult" was "an anti-Christian slur."
Dennis McCallum, the 70-year-old founder of Dwell, is thoroughly convinced that his church is fighting a war with Satan. In his book, Satan and His Kingdom—one of 14 books he has published on Christianity—McCallum claims that the devil is a living being, and that a 'spiritual war' is raging against him around the world. He claims Christians must act as soldiers, ready to endure extreme suffering, sacrifice their possessions, and follow their leaders’ orders," The Beast reported.
Dwell Community Church was into recently named Xenos Christian Fellowship.
"Younger, unwed Dwell members are prodded to move into “ministry houses” that sleep up to four per room. (Stapleton said a house leader told him the point of the cramped quarters was to prevent residents from masturbating.) Once there, members are expected to spend most of their free time socializing with house members or evangelizing to potential recruits," The Beast reported. "Members said the group inserted itself into many other areas of their lives, from who would be in their wedding to how they groomed themselves."
The Beast interviewed Dr. Janja Laclich, a sociologist and cult expert.
“People are giving up their own autonomy. They’re giving up their own decision-making. They’re pawns. And if they think about leaving then they’re going to lose everybody they know and their family," she explained. “It’s classic cult stuff.”
Watch NBC 4's February report on the church: