Michael Salman Is Not in Jail for Having Bible Studies in His Home

Categories: Religulous
UPDATE: Michael Salman has been charged with multiple felonies for allegedly defrauding the state's Medicaid program.

See also: Michael Salman wants to build a church in his backyard


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Michael Salman (right) and wife Suzanne, still confused about how laws work.
Despite what's being said by Fox News and Christian news outlets about Phoenix pastor Michael Salman, he's not in jail for hosting bible studies at his place.

The former gang member is in jail for breaking the law -- again.

Salman told the City of Phoenix twice that he wasn't building a church in his backyard, then went ahead and built a church that was found responsible for 96 civil code violations, most of them related to how much of a fire hazard the building was.

There's been so much B.S. from Salman and his supporters about how he's being persecuted for his religion that the city has actually put out a fact sheet explaining Salman's disregard for city ordinances, his decision to ignore the repeated warnings from the city, and how this whole mess has absolutely nothing to do with Salman's religion.

Salman told the city in 2007 that he was building a garage in his backyard. He did not build a garage in his backyard.

"Mr. Salman had regular gatherings of up to 80 people," the city says. "He held services twice a week and collected a tithe at the services. The building that he held services in had a dais and chairs were aligned in a pew formation.  He held himself out as a being a church through the media (Harvest Christian Church) and claimed a church status for tax exemption purposes on his property."

That's a church.

Then Salman got a permit to have a "game room" in his backyard -- one that said "[a]ny other occupancy or use (business, commercial, assembly, church, etc.) is expressly prohibited."

Surprise -- no games were played. It was still a church.

By January 2010, the city found the church responsible for the 96 code violations, and in August 2010, he was found guilty of 67 misdemeanors -- to add to his rap sheet, next to his 1993 conviction for a drive-by shooting, and another time he was booked into jail for impersonating a police officer.

Salman's fought and fought his conviction -- still trying to claim his First Amendment right to practice his religion has been violated -- and believe it or not, his challenges never work.

Salman started his 60-day jail sentence on Monday.


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libertyordeath
libertyordeath

How dare this man not obey his masters and rulers who have been anointed by self-important busybodies with his own community to force everyone to do as they say? His neighbors are his lords and masters and were annoyed with his gatherings. How dare he annoy his masters? If he doesn't understand that they are his betters they will call their anointed ones to force him to obey them. When they still disagree they will throw their inferior into a cage and show him and his family that they are united and will cage anyone who does not do stupid things that they feel he should. Freedom is unacceptable! How dare he keep doing what he feels is right. It isn't a violation of his religious freedom to force him to spend a lot of money on improvements to his personal property so his almighty neighbors won't be annoyed. Never mind that his family are now annoyed with the jerks who called their jackbooted thugs and had him arrested. Of course he  could have avoided being caged like an animal if he had acted like an animal and obeyed his masters.

mmaddox0
mmaddox0 like.author.displayName 1 Like

My ONLY beef with this (as pastor of a home church) is that if this disturbed the neighbors then out of love for them, he should have moved the gathering place elsewhere.  The ordinances meanwhile should be challenged because they are unconstituational and must be revised to exclude limitations on those who gather for free exercise of relgion.

Tsu Dho Nimh
Tsu Dho Nimh

DCGideon ... His building permit application stated it was for a "game room". That is what the  statement: "Any other occupancy or use (business, commercial, assembly, church, etc.) is expressly prohibited pursuant to the City of Phoenix Building Code and Zoning Ordinances."  Callin If he had declared it was to be a church, that would also have been granted, but  he would have had to meet the standard "place of regular assembly" requirements for the building, based on its use as a meeting place: off-street parking, unblockable entrances, multiple exits, sprinkler systems, building materials, etc. The City of Phoenix's web page referred to above clarifies this: * The case is about the building that is used for regular assembly does not meet construction and fire code requirements for assembly * All houses of worship in the City of Phoenix must conform to the same codes.

cfisher
cfisher

I was using sarcasm. But thanks.

LifeisSoGood
LifeisSoGood

Considering NO ONE parked at the house, what does it matter? I would MUCH prefer to have this type of "party" than the mexican music fest that goes on EVERY weekend that I have to CONTINUOUSLY call the cops on. They slam into cars as their drunk butts drive off with NO insurance and NO drivers license. Thanks to the lier in chief, cops can't do anything about these illegal aliens now. Guess my .45 acp will have to do the talking now.

Mike Simms
Mike Simms like.author.displayName 1 Like

Most businesses can only be built in certain areas of the city that are property zoned for the use. You cannot build a fireworks factory on land that is zoned for a book store. You cannot have a sprawling apartment complex on land zoned for residential housing. The city has given churches a break and allows them them in any zoning district. However, that does not give you a free pass. You still need proper buildings built with a proper building permit. You must meet all ordinances, set-back requirements and other zoning restrictions. You must have adequate parking and certification of occupancy, just like any other business. This is to protect the neighbors from noise, dust and incompatible uses; it also protects anyone who wishes to attend Salman's church and expects a minimum standard of safety.

Mike Simms
Mike Simms like.author.displayName 1 Like

Do you really think you can do anything in your back yard you please? Would you be happy with a biker bar next to you? Or a fireworks factory? What about a Jiffy Lube? Salman must follow the zoning process, adhere to ordinances and obtain building permits like everyone else in the city. Zoning laws exist for a reason. What Salman is doing is not a legitimate use of a residential property. 

Mike Simms
Mike Simms

"Surprise -- no games were played."I beg to differ. Salman has been playing games with the city, his neighbors and the justice system for many, many years.

Joe Egan
Joe Egan

Christianity=freedom and that's why the statists are attacking the church.

Joe Egan
Joe Egan

Who's backyard was he trying to build a church in? HIS. What's it to the government?

rae
rae

Lol, *disrepair. Or *despair. Either way, you're wrong. About a lot of stuff in your comment. God doesn't step back, he doesn't hand the reigns over to Satan, and he doesn't abandon his children, if the Bible is to be believed. Ask yourself why there is so much hatred in the world today. How do you, personally, feel about gays? Atheists? Muslims? Any other religion? People of different races? We don't need God, because if your religion is to be believed, he is already here. What we need is for his followers to start FOLLOWING his teaching. It's a sad, sad day when I, an atheist and a lesbian, have to start lecturing Christians about their Christ-like duties. "Love thy neighbor." "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." Now answer me this: Read your post. Tell me that the words you spoke weren't the words of Satan, filled with hatred and malice. Would Jesus read that post and be proud of you?

this guy
this guy like.author.displayName 1 Like

Where do you live?  I'd like to open a landfill on a property next to you.  After all, no one has the right to tell me what I can't do on my property.

me
me

Over 90 years of Supreme Court decisions say you are wrong.  Individual liberty cannot trample on the liberty of others and the supreme court through many different compositions and beliefs has upheld this social foundation.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

god doesn't exist, so god has nothing to do with this. The man is on purpose failing to follow the laws. Either you are for the laws or against them, can't be for both... I am for laws, not against them.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

of course it is, because idiots like you are living here who vote for idiots like Dubya and Reagan and they destroyed our country by spending all the tax dollars on bombs, and starting stupid wars we can't possibly win and wasting more and more of the taxes that are collected from the poor. This has nothing at all to do with the article, nice try tho, troll.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

no he doesn't, when it violates other rules, like the ones posted for the city which he lives in.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

my constitution? isn't it ours, or are you an illegal immigrant?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

a city council that set up rules for society to follow? is that so bad you dumb ass? or do you just not like regulation of any kind?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

no, he belongs in jail because he was warned many times to fix the errors or go to jail. At some point they need to arrest them.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

fuck you. your god doesn't exist, so it's hard to mock something that isn't there.

Bob
Bob

Yes, he's not in jail for having Bible study at his home.......and Obama only wants the best for the American people. Yeah, right. Wake up!!! Just another attack on Christianity and the media slants it to make the victim appear as the perp. You people are mindless puppets. Sheesshh. The heat in Phoenix must be hell because your brains have been fried.

Paulii
Paulii

There wasn't' a fire, so it seems that jail is a bit over the top for "code" violations. That you are spewing hate is clear, and just a bit disturbing. But then tolerance means different things to different people.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins like.author.displayName 1 Like

The headline, Mr. Hendley, is correct. Salman is not in jail for running a church. He's in jail for being a dumbass. Nothing more. But, it appears being a dumbass is a habit for the guy. Maybe a quick call to his god will get him out of jail. Or not.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Will his "proper church" include footlockers to store the kids in during the service? The guy is a low life scammer.

MrEthiopian
MrEthiopian

 96 violations, Theophile  - would you be changing your tune if their was a fire and 79 of the 80 people died in a fire, I also imagine if their was a fire and you lost your wife and kids in the fire, you would have no issue with the state not following up on the 96 violations, like you suggested.Time to wake up and smell the real world, your arguments are full of shit, you would be suing the everyone under the sun if you lost a family member to this hack church and singing a different tune, how about being honest for a change, this guy is a sleaze scumbag that using you like a used diaper and you begging him to shit on you over and over.     

alehound
alehound

At first I was sympathetic to him but now, as I find out more,  he's just a punk ass who's lucky he hasn't killed anyone yet. Fuck him and his church of weirdos.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Anyone that supports  Salman must consider what it would be like if their next door neighbor did this.  80 people, twice a week, are a parking/noise issue.  The fact that all these people are all in a fire trap should also be a concern!

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