View Full Version : Religious liberty kicked to the curb in Arizona

07-07-2012, 03:38 AM

Weve 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? Hes apparently in violation of the citys building code laws.

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

City officials claim that hes running an operation that is reminiscent of a home church but without the required permits. And according to Foxs 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.

Lots more at the link, including videos.

Generation Why?
07-09-2012, 02:55 PM
There a couple different areas of interest in this story to point out.

1. Who cares if someone decides to host religious/worship services?
2. 67 Permits? Surely government isn't too invasive.
3. Before anyone jumps to conclusions, from either side of the aisle, see 1 and 2. I think it is a little of both and not all of one or the other.