Now that the proper time of mourning has passed, we can stop with the respectability game and report the truth: while Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith, who passed away from cancer last week at 86, was a titan of American Christianity, he was quite often a raving lunatic who seemed better suited to hosting Coast to Coast AM than preaching about God.
This observation isn't the bias of a godless leftist, as so many Calvary Chapel members have claimed in their hundreds of letters, comments, and phone calls sent my way after my obit last week (Santo Niño de Atocha all the way, bitches!), but facts thankfully documented in many outlets. Don't believe me? Let's go into the Wayback Machine and consider five of Papa Chuck's crazier musings. And while Calvary Chapel members will say Smith was merely following the Bible, we don't remember Pope Francis ever going gonzo like this!More »