Important update!!! July 13, 2012
I do think that so-called "hate crimes" are simply the first step in bringing down the First Amendment and need to be scrubbed from the books. There are either crimes or crimes not. We do not need thought police!
It appears that the Salmans were lying about their home and actually were trying to have a church while not having a church and sneaking around the law rather than obeying it, perhaps for tax purposes or to save building costs or whatever. Wrong is wrong.
Here is the real deal on the Salman case:
HE BROKE THE LAW AND TRIED TO PLAY PEOPLE
"Pictured left is a man named, Michael Hashem Salman. On Fox News and Glen Beck’s site and the rest of America he’s known as, Pastor Michael Salman. Salman has been in the news recently for apparently (according to “Pastor” Mike) for being “persecuted” by the City of Phoenix.
Persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another group. The most common forms are religious persecution, ethnic persecution, and political persecution, though there is naturally some overlap between these terms. The inflicting of suffering, harassment, isolation, imprisonment, fear, or pain are all factors that may establish persecution. Even so, not all suffering will necessarily establish persecution. The suffering experienced by the victim must be sufficiently severe. The threshold level of severity has been a source of much debate. (source Wikipedia definition)
A very popular video lately has been making its rounds on the Internet where Michael Salman and his wife Suzanne Salman lay out their case before the public forum. In that video Michael H. Salman is wearing a T-shirt from Persecution.com (otherwise known as Voice of the Martyrs) sold as “Illegal Shirt.”
When I first heard of this story over this weekend it was through a link someone sent me for Glenn Beck’s site. I skimmed through the article and clicked on the YouTube video but was only able to watch a few broken minutes on my phone, so later this weekend I watched the whole video and instantly had suspicions. I live in Arizona and I had not even heard of this guy’s story. I gathered so much information within a few hours yesterday that by the end of the day I was no longer frustrated so much with Michael Hashem Salman as I was with you the readers and audience of Mainstream Media for believing this fabricated story without doing some minor searches yourself. I’m sure every Pastor who’s politically minded and concerned for our rights as Christians lifted up this “poor, persecuted, brother” in prayer and warned the congregation that being a Christian is becoming a crime in America, when in fact it is not–not yet.
I will break this story down as succinctly as possible and provide you with all the links to all the research I did on this story so you can COPY and PASTE and send in a Chain e-mail letter to all your friends before Salman is considered a “Martyr” for the faith, when in my opinion he is not.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer "(February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian and activive member of German resistance movement against Nazism. He was also a founding member of the Confessing Church (a Christian resistance movement in Nazi Germany)."
Arizona pastor Michael Salman is currently in jail, serving a 60-day sentence, after he hosted Bible studies in his home. In the videos below, Salman shows footage of the police raid of his home in 2009 and also gives a tour of his 4.6 acre property to show why he shouldn't have been fined and jailed.In 2010, Salman was found guilty of fire and zoning code violations for hosting Bible studies on his 4.6 acre property, which he has been doing for the past 7 years. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail along with three years probation and ordered to pay a $12,180 fine.
He claims he is a victim of religious discrimination. However, the city of Phoenix said it is a matter of zoning violations, not religious freedom.
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