The News for Christians website reports today (June 22, 2012) that Arizona preacher Michael Salman was sentenced to jail for building what the City of Phoenix claims he has been representing as a church on his home property without securing the proper permits. Salman claims the building is not a church and is simply for private Bible study gatherings.
Salman's case -- which started in 2007 -- reached its conclusion this week when a Phoenix court ruled that he was guilty of more than five dozen violations in constructing the building and sentenced him to 60 days in jail and three years of probation.
The preacher -- whose ministry is called Harvest Christian Fellowship -- claims he was exercising his religious liberty by worshiping at home on his private property.
"You're taking a man out of society and sticking him in jail for worshiping at his home," Salman said.