60 Days In Prison And A $12,180 Fine For Hosting A Home Bible Study In Arizona

“The war on home Bible studies and house churches is heating up again. Down in Phoenix, Arizona a man has been sentenced to 60 days in prison and has been fined $12,180 for hosting a Bible study in his home. Since 2005, Michael Salman and his wife have been hosting gatherings of about 15 or 20 people where they share food, fellowship and discuss the Bible. Unfortunately, that kind of thing is against the law in Phoenix, Arizona apparently. At one point, nearly a dozen armed police officers raided their home and “evidence” of their “crimes” was gathered. Michael Salman was found guilty of 67 “code violations”, and now he is going to be ripped away from his family and put in prison for two months. In addition, the assistant city prosecutor is asking the court to “revoke his probation and convert it into a 2 1/2 year jail sentence since he continues to hold worship gatherings on his property despite court orders.” This kind of case has the potential to have a huge “chilling effect” on home gatherings of all kinds all over the United States.”

Via End of the American Dream

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  1. Daniel
    August 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm | #1

    This is not about freedom of religion. This is about religious people wanting special privileges or rights the rest of us don’t have. If the atheists, agnostics, Mormons, or Amway dealers got to together in a private home and disturbed the neighbors once a week, taking up other resident’s parking spots, or otherwise violating the zoning ordinances, etc., they would have been arrested too, and probably much sooner.

    • August 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm | #2

      It is about freedom to do in your house what you want to do. Religious or not. This is about big brother stomping all over freedoms.

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