Up In Smoke: Cheech Marin plays the Benny Hinn Fraud

Benny Hinn has always had a very familiar face.  And he seemed high on weed during his religious performances.  Now we know why.  He probably was cheeched…!

Toufik Benedictus”Benny” Hinn (born December 3, 1952) is a televangelist, best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades”—revival meeting or faith healing summits that are usually held in stadiums in major cities, which are later broadcast worldwide on his television program, This Is Your Day.    

Here is the bogus history of Benny Hinn from Wikipedia:

Hinn was born in Jaffa, in 1952, in the then newly established state of Israel] to “an Armenian mother and Greek father”. He was raised within the Eastern Orthodox tradition.  Soon after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War (“The Six-Day War”), Hinn’s family emigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he attended the Georges Vanier Secondary School.  He did not graduate.  In his books, Hinn states that his father was the mayor of Jaffa at the time of his birth and that he was socially isolated as a child and was handicapped by a severe stutter, but that he was nonetheless a first-class student.  These claims, however, have been disputed by critics.  As a teenager in Toronto, Hinn converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Pentecostalism, eventually joining a singing troupe made up of young evangelicals. According to a 2004 CBC report on Hinn, his newfound religious devotion during this period became so intense that his family became concerned that he was turning into a religious fanatic. Hinn was taught the Bible and mentored by Dr. Winston I. Nunes of Broadview Faith Temple in Toronto.  Dr. and Mrs. Nunez look familiar…
He has written that on December 21, 1973, he traveled by charter bus from Toronto to Pittsburgh to attend a “miracle service” conducted by evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman. Although he never met her personally, he often attended her “healing services” and has often cited her as an influence in his life.
Upon moving to the United States, Hinn traveled to OrlandoFlorida, where he founded the Orlando Christian Center in 1983. Eventually, Hinn began claiming that God was using him as a conduit for healings, and began holding healing services in his church. These new “Miracle Crusades” were soon held at large stadiums and auditoriums across the United States and the world, the first nationally televised service being held in FlintMichigan, in 1989. During the early 1990s, Hinn launched a new daily talk show called This Is Your Day, which to this day airs clips of supposed miracles from Hinn’s Miracle Crusades. The program premiered on the Trinity Broadcasting Network of Paul Crouch, who would become one of Hinn’s most outspoken defenders and allies. Hinn’s ministry began to rapidly grow from there, winning praise as well as criticism from fellow Christian leaders. In 1999, he stepped down as pastor of the Orlando Christian Center, moving his ministry’s administrative headquarters to GrapevineTexas, a suburb of Fort Worth, while hosting This Is Your Day from a television studio in Orange County,California, where he now lives with his family. His former church was renamed Faith World Church under the leadership of Clint Brown, who merged his Orlando church with Hinn’s.
Most of Hinn’s claims about his past are laugh-out-loud ridiculous and easily proven false.  See these links for more info:  

Personal life


Hinn married Suzanne Harthern on August 4, 1979. The couple have four children.


Suzanne filed divorce papers in Orange County Superior Court on February 1, 2010, citing “irreconcilable differences.” In July 2010, both Hinn and fellow televangelist Paula White denied allegations in theNational Enquirer that the two were engaged in an affair.  Hinn was sued in February 2011 by the Christian publishing house Strang Communications, which claimed that a relationship with White did occur and that Hinn had violated the morality clause of his contract with the company.


In May 2012, Hinn announced that he and his wife had begun reconciliation during the Christmas season of 2011, stating that the split had been caused by Suzanne’s addiction to prescription drugs and antidepressants and citing his busy schedule and lack of time for his wife and children. In October 2012, Hinn announced that he and his former wife, Suzanne, would remarry. Benny and Suzanne Hinn remarried on March 3, 2013, at the Holy Land Experience theme park, in a traditional ceremony lasting over 2 hours and attended by approximately 1,000 well-wishers, including many visiting Christian leaders. Pastor Jack Hayfordreferred to the remarriage as “…a miracle of God’s grace”.

Richard Anthony “CheechMarin (born July 13, 1946) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor and writer of Mexican descent who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong during the 1970s and early 1980s with Tommy Chong, and as Don Johnson‘s partner, Insp. Joe Dominguez on Nash Bridges. He has also voiced characters in several Disneyproductions, including Oliver and CompanyThe Lion KingIt’s Tough to be a Bug!CarsCars 2 andBeverly Hills Chihuahua.
Marin’s trademark is his characters’ strong Mexican accent; this is part of a comic persona, rather than a natural accent, as Marin is of Mexican descent yet was born and raised in the United States.

Marin was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Elsa (née Meza), a secretary, and Oscar Marin, a policeman in the LAPD.  Marin was born with a cleft lip, which has long since been repaired. Although he speaks some Spanish and uses it in some of his movies, he is not particularly fluent.
Marin’s nickname “Cheech” is short for “chicharron“, a fried pork skin that is a popular snack in Mexican cuisine and a favorite of marijuana smokers afflicted with “the munchies“, and the nickname’s alliteration with Chong’s surname made “Cheech and Chong” an obvious choice for the name of the duo. The name of this character gave rise to the popular term “cheeched”, meaning “under the influence of marijuana, usually at a relatively high dose”.
Marin graduated from Bishop Alemany High School, located in California’s San Fernando Valley, as well as from San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge), where he was a member ofPhi Sigma Kappa. Marin auditioned to sing for Frank Zappa in 1967, but moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in September of that year to avoid the U.S. draft during the height of the Vietnam War.  In Vancouver, Marin met his future comedic partner, Tommy Chong.

Personal life 

Marin was married in 1975 to Darlene Morley, who co-produced Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers and also played minor roles in earlier Cheech & Chong films under the name Rikki Marin. The couple had one child and divorced in 1984.  Marin married Patti Heid in 1986; they had two children and have since divorced.  Marin married his longtime girlfriend, Russian pianist Natasha Rubin on August 8, 2009, in a sunset ceremony at their home.

Marin resides in California.


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