Is talk of "building codes" in fact code for dissing one man's religious freedom? The man in question certainly thinks so.
The Daily Mail reports
on the plight of Michael Salman, a Phoenix family man facing a possible 60 day stint in jail for holding weekly Bible study sessions on his own property. The city claims he's hosting church services with the 2,000 sq. foot building in his backyard, rendering him in violation of building codes that require he post exit signs and build handicap ramps, among other legal necessities.
Update, July 10:
FOX is reporting
that Salman has started serving the 60 day jail sentence. The city of Phoenix found him guilty of over 60 code violations, and in addition to the two month jail time, he's been given three years of probation and a $12,180 fine.
"We believe that people should not be prohibiting other people from having Bible studies in their homes," Salman said outside the jail. "At the very end, after all is said and done, God will ultimately have glory in this."