A Phoenix Bible teacher is free after being jailed for 60 days
for allegedly violating zoning laws, but it's not altogether
Michael Salman was also fined more than $12,000 for using his
private residential property for a Bible study. John Whitehead of
Rutherford Institute tells OneNewsNow Salman is currently under house arrest.
"He has to wear an electronic ankle
brace that, if he leaves his home, it sends off an alert to the
police," the attorney explains. "He has to take a daily
breathalyzer to make sure he's not drinking a beer or any alcohol.
He's also subject to periodic raids by the police to see if he's
doing a Bible study."
The breathalyzer is required, even though there is no record of
Salman ever drinking. Whitehead says the Bible study leader is
being treated like a common criminal, and he warns that Salmon's
situation might be a more common occurrence in the future.
"I'm alarmed that any American today who violates a zoning
ordinance could be thrown in jail for 60 days like he was, and then
be put on house arrest" The Rutherford Institute president states.
"There is a group writing these laws out of Washington, DC, and
they're spreading across the country. So folks, get ready -- it's
coming to a neighborhood close to you."
Salman's future remains uncertain, says the attorney, because he
fully intends to resume the Bible studies. A federal lawsuit on his
behalf is pending, but that will take time.