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CHRISTIAN FINED & SENTENCED TO 60 DAYS IN JAIL OVER AZ HOME BIBLE STUDIES

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VectorMan

VectorMan
We’ve told you before about government regulations hampering home Bible studies, but this story is even more pervasive, perplexing and complicated than the others. Michael Salman, who lives in Phoenix, Ariz., has been sentenced to a startling 60 days in jail, given a $12,180 fine and granted three years probation for refusing to stop hosting Bible studies at his home. Why, you ask? He‘s apparently in violation of the city’s building code laws.

(Related Story at link: Calif. City Changes Zoning Code to Allow Home Bible Study After Couple Was Fined)

City officials claim that he’s running an operation that is reminiscent of a home church — but without the required permits. And according to Fox’s Todd Starnes, Phoenix court documents show that he violated 67 codes. Unless the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals grants an emergency injunction, he will be jailed as early as next week.

Naturally, Salman believes the court’s findings amount to a crackdown on faith and religion. The city maintains that the penalties are legitimate based on the zoning laws he and his family have violated. However, Starnes was apparently unable to reach the Phoenix prosecutor’s office, the mayor’s office or code enforcement to obtain further comment.

“They’re cracking down on religious activities and religious use. They’re attacking what I, as a Christian, do in the privacy of my home,” he said in an interview with Starnes. “If I had people coming to my home on a regular basis for poker night or Monday Night Football, it would be permitted. But when someone says to us we are not allowed to gather because of religious purposes, that is when you have discrimination.”

Starnes goes on to provide an overview that recaps how the dispute first started between Salman and the city:

The long-running feud between Salman and the City of Phoenix culminated in the summer of 2009 when nearly a dozen police along with city inspectors raided their home. Armed with a search warrant, police confined the Salman family to the living room as they combed the property looking for violations.
Salman is the owner of Mighty Mike’s Burgers — and he is also an ordained pastor. He and his wife have been hosting Bible studies on their 4.6-acre property since 2005. The gatherings were originally attended by as many as 15 people.
In 2007, they received a letter from the city informing them that the Bible studies were not permitted in their living room because it was in violation of the construction code.
A few months later, members of the Phoenix Fire Dept. broke up the family’s Good Friday fellowship. As many as 20 people were in their backyard eating a meal when firefighters threatened to call the police – unless their guests left the premises.

(Video at link)

And this was only the beginning. In 2008, the fire department came back again, and Salman ordered officials off of his property. The town then decided to ignore him — that is until he and his family built a structure in their back hard. The family, having secured the proper building permits, then moved the Bible studies to this new building.

It was then that the real drama unfolded. Officials came in and found 67 code violations. From a failure to post exit signs to a lack of handicap signs, Phoenix officials left no stone unturned. Now, the Christian Bible-study leader could spend some time behind bars — unless federal judges intervene.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/christian-fined-sentenced-to-60-days-in-jail-over-az-home-bible-studies/

VectorMan

VectorMan
CHRISTIAN MAN FINED & SENTENCED OVER AZ HOME BIBLE STUDIES REPORTEDLY STARTS HIS JAIL SENTENCE TODAY

On Friday, we told you about Michael Salmon, the Christian man who has been fined and sentenced to 60 days in jail over his home Bible studies in Phoenix, Arizona. Initially, reports claimed that Salmon would potentially be jailed within the next week. Today, a Facebook message posted to his personal profile says that he must report to the jailhouse by 10 a.m. MST.

“Today I have to report to jail at 10:00 AM to start my jail sentence,” he wrote. “While those at our home are praying and seeking the Lord’s face we ask you all to please pray for us. I want you all to know that we love you and thank you for all your support.”

Salmon ended the note by claiming that he believes that he and his family “will win in the end.” He also wrote, “Glory to God!”

The Phoenix New Times reports that Salman had already gone to the Maricopa County jailhouse earlier in June in an effort to commence his sentence. Oddly, the outlet reports that he was turned away, attributing the action to city officials potentially “losing their nerve.” He has apparently been waiting for a date to report since this unfolded.

The Blaze exchanged messages with Salman this weekend and planned to speak with him on Monday for an interview about the ongoing legal drama. Phone calls this morning to a phone number he provided went unanswered.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/christian-man-fined-sentenced-over-az-home-bible-studies-allegedly-told-to-report-to-jail-this-morning/

catfriedlegs


Yawn.
Since the Bible wants homos to be killed, why should I shiv a get about this?

TEOTWAWKI

TEOTWAWKI
Yeah if they wus Muslims the city would build them a mosque.

catfriedlegs


TEOTWAWKI wrote:Yeah if they wus Muslims the city would build them a mosque.

I seriously doubt that. LOL

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VectorMan wrote:CHRISTIAN MAN FINED & SENTENCED OVER AZ HOME BIBLE STUDIES REPORTEDLY STARTS HIS JAIL SENTENCE TODAY

On Friday, we told you about Michael Salmon, the Christian man who has been fined and sentenced to 60 days in jail over his home Bible studies in Phoenix, Arizona. Initially, reports claimed that Salmon would potentially be jailed within the next week. Today, a Facebook message posted to his personal profile says that he must report to the jailhouse by 10 a.m. MST.

“Today I have to report to jail at 10:00 AM to start my jail sentence,” he wrote. “While those at our home are praying and seeking the Lord’s face we ask you all to please pray for us. I want you all to know that we love you and thank you for all your support.”

Salmon ended the note by claiming that he believes that he and his family “will win in the end.” He also wrote, “Glory to God!”

The Phoenix New Times reports that Salman had already gone to the Maricopa County jailhouse earlier in June in an effort to commence his sentence. Oddly, the outlet reports that he was turned away, attributing the action to city officials potentially “losing their nerve.” He has apparently been waiting for a date to report since this unfolded.

The Blaze exchanged messages with Salman this weekend and planned to speak with him on Monday for an interview about the ongoing legal drama. Phone calls this morning to a phone number he provided went unanswered.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/christian-man-fined-sentenced-over-az-home-bible-studies-allegedly-told-to-report-to-jail-this-morning/
It's about time they did something about these nutjob christians.

catfriedlegs


Dreamsglore wrote:
VectorMan wrote:CHRISTIAN MAN FINED & SENTENCED OVER AZ HOME BIBLE STUDIES REPORTEDLY STARTS HIS JAIL SENTENCE TODAY

On Friday, we told you about Michael Salmon, the Christian man who has been fined and sentenced to 60 days in jail over his home Bible studies in Phoenix, Arizona. Initially, reports claimed that Salmon would potentially be jailed within the next week. Today, a Facebook message posted to his personal profile says that he must report to the jailhouse by 10 a.m. MST.

“Today I have to report to jail at 10:00 AM to start my jail sentence,” he wrote. “While those at our home are praying and seeking the Lord’s face we ask you all to please pray for us. I want you all to know that we love you and thank you for all your support.”

Salmon ended the note by claiming that he believes that he and his family “will win in the end.” He also wrote, “Glory to God!”

The Phoenix New Times reports that Salman had already gone to the Maricopa County jailhouse earlier in June in an effort to commence his sentence. Oddly, the outlet reports that he was turned away, attributing the action to city officials potentially “losing their nerve.” He has apparently been waiting for a date to report since this unfolded.

The Blaze exchanged messages with Salman this weekend and planned to speak with him on Monday for an interview about the ongoing legal drama. Phone calls this morning to a phone number he provided went unanswered.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/christian-man-fined-sentenced-over-az-home-bible-studies-allegedly-told-to-report-to-jail-this-morning/
It's about time they did something about these nutjob christians.

Salmon wants people to pray for him? I don't see those nutz praying for homos.

VectorMan

VectorMan
It's a complete load of BS, even if they don't pray for homos. People of islam damn sure don't pray for no homo fags. But, that's okay, they get a pass. Now lets go hang some faggots!

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