Tags: pastor | arrested | bible | study

Pastor Arrested for Holding Bible Study

Sunday, 15 Jul 2012 06:34 PM

By Patrick Hobin

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A Phoenix-area pastor is in jail after his home was raided because he was violating an occupancy law by conducting private Bible studies in his home, the Examiner reported.

Pastor Michael Salmon, an ordained minister who lives with his family in the Phoenix area, has led a Bible-study gathering of 15-20 people at his 4.5 acre property since 2005.

Police raided his home on July 6. In 2007, Salmon received a notice from the City of Phoenix that Bible studies are not permitted in a residence unless the property is converted to an A3 occupancy, which allows commercial and public use, according to the Examiner.

"It came down to zoning and proper permitting. Anytime you are holding a gathering of people continuously as he does, we have concerns about people being able to exit the facility properly in case there is a fire," Phoenix City Prosecutor Vicki Hall said, according to the Examiner.

Salmon took some steps to meet the requirements, but did not want to become a commercial entity, calling the code unconstitutional. Now he is serving 60 days in jail for "creating an unsafe building environment," the Examiner reported. The pastor has also received a $12,180 fine for his crime and could receive probation.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Author: Migrant Kids Will Get Refugee Status After Election

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 17:05 PM

Even though the number of Central American minors coming across the U.S. border has slowed, author and foreign correspon . . .

ISIS Fighters Seize Weapons Cache Meant for Kurds

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 16:22 PM

Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were mean . . .

Fred Fleitz: Homegrown Terrorism on Rise

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 14:58 PM

A horrifying attack in which two Canadian soldiers were mowed down by a car near Montreal was a terror attack inspired b . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved