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A Phoenix man who violated city zoning laws by hosting a Bible study in the privacy of his home has started serving a 60-day jail sentence for his crimes.

Michael Salman was found guilty in the City of Phoenix Court of 67 code violations. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail along with three years of probation and a $12,180 fine. A spokesperson for the city attorney confirmed that Salman reported to a county jail Monday afternoon.

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That's the silliest thing I've ever seen. A man should be able to do what he wants in the freedom of his home, as long as he is harming no one else.

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^ Well, I guess there is a limit to the number of people you can have in there at once, like restaurants.

There needs to be so many 'exits', fire detectors.

There are also possible problems with noise and street traffic, parking.

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That's just too much government regulation for me.

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I'm sure it won't be long before the usual suspects come out saying they're being persecuted just for being Christians, but it seems to me they simply seem to be part of the growing trend of people that think religious faith should grant people dispensation to break the law. If you want to host religious gatherings file the paperwork and do it legally.

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That's just too much government regulation for me.

And if something were to happen, and a ******** of people got killed, their relatives would want to sue the sate saying it "Should have done something". So they did.

If he wants to do what he is doing, all he has to do is build a church. He could have used the 2000 sq foot building for it.

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67 code violations? Sounds like he thought he could just do whatever the hell he wanted, regardless of the laws in place. Then he goes to Fox News and complains about religious liberty. Sorry, the codes are there for a reason. Don't like it? Change them.

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Why am I not surprised that Fox News picked this story up.

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Well based on the statement of gameroom not a church I would think the man has a good law suit. Otherwise the title of the article was not correct. Nothing wrong with Fox picking up the story. Can't expect the Libro Homophilic CNN ta do it now eh? Anyway, I agree that it's not right for a city to say how many people he could have in his garage, or what they would be doing in said garage, and definately not restrict his freedom of religion. Hope he gets a good lawyer.

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Let's hope this won't turn into another religion vs. atheists thread.

You cheer for the city's law? Probably you won't be when one day you find out you have to apply for permit just for party with more than 5 person.

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You cheer for the city's law? Probably you won't be when one day you find out you have to apply for permit just for party with more than 5 person.

He holds services three times per week... in a building permitted only for residential use. This is an issue of safety and 67 code violations.

If he wants a church, get the permits and build a church. If a pastor is holding service in a 2000 square foot building because he can't fit the people in his living room... that's a church.

If there was a fire and people died, people could have sued the city for knowingly allowing this to continue.

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I'm sure it won't be long before the usual suspects come out saying they're being persecuted just for being Christians, but it seems to me they simply seem to be part of the growing trend of people that think religious faith should grant people dispensation to break the law. If you want to host religious gatherings file the paperwork and do it legally.

It's not even that, it's a dispute between him and another pastor. It's not secularists or athiests attacking, it's another Christian.

EDIT: no wait, I read that wrong, it's the city being asses. I dunno anymore.

Although I agree with Growled that there's no reason he can't do this in the privacy of his own home (imho). ****, just call it a book club, using the same book over and over.

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So the man isn't going to jail for hosting Bible Study..

He's going to jail after being repeatedly warned, and having previous arrests.

And it's not really a study when you build another building to have it in.. I agree with the courts, it's a Church at that point.. Bible study, or any other, is a dozen or so people in a living room..

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He holds services three times per week... in a building permitted only for residential use. This is an issue of safety and 67 code violations.

If he wants a church, get the permits and build a church. If a pastor is holding service in a 2000 square foot building because he can't fit the people in his living room... that's a church.

If there was a fire and people died, people could have sued the city for knowingly allowing this to continue.

I think the even bigger issue is the sheer disrespect for private property rights and a lack of personal responsibility. If he is the proprietor of the building, there should be no limitations as to what he can do with it so long as no one is being harmed without consent. Secondly, an unrelated third party should not be at fault for failing to violate someone's private property based on a what-if.

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I think the even bigger issue is the sheer disrespect for private property rights and a lack of personal responsibility. If he is the proprietor of the building, there should be no limitations as to what he can do with it so long as no one is being harmed without consent. Secondly, an unrelated third party should not be at fault for failing to violate someone's private property based on a what-if.

If that's the case, then I'm gonna put up some skyscraprs right beside your cottage..

There are legal limitations to what you can and can't do on property.. Where you can have rentals, businesses, industrial space, churches, etc. That ship sailed long ago.. Don't want to abide by the rules, sell the property and move somewhere without them.

Another thing, I'm betting at least one person had a problem with it.. After all cops don't go around finding out who has study groups and such. Someone must have brought it to their attention.

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He holds services three times per week... in a building permitted only for residential use. This is an issue of safety and 67 code violations.

If he wants a church, get the permits and build a church. If a pastor is holding service in a 2000 square foot building because he can't fit the people in his living room... that's a church.

If there was a fire and people died, people could have sued the city for knowingly allowing this to continue.

Thanks for backing my post up.

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I like what Robert Lyons said in the comments below, there's an example of someone looking at this sensibly. I encourage you guys to click the "full story" link and look, it's the first one below the story.

The guy had 67 violations, and I bet not a single one said "zomg we hate Christianity and nobody is allowed to have people over to study it". Fox News just wanted to skew the title and summary with emotionally-charged wording to make people think he was unfairly singled out for his religion.

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But FOX is fair and balanced, they would never do such a thing.

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good! enjoy prison!

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