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.
Michael Hashem Salman- Criminal History and Civil History charges on Maricopa Superior Court website:
This shows Michael Hashem Salman charged with Aggravated Assault in 1992 and the court information that proceeded. He was found guilty by jury in 1992/1993 and it appears he appealed to get his rights restored to carry a gun but was denied in 2011. This you may say could have happened prior to his becoming a “Christian.” Yes, I agree, this incident could be baggage from his old lifestyle, however one look over to the Civil Cases and you will see that his problems continued.
Michael Hashem Salman- Civil History cases from Maricopa Superior Court Website:
Civil Court Case History for Michael H. Salman 2002, 2005, 2009 (2), 2011 (Maricopa County Court website)
Besides the FACTUAL court case histories from both Criminal and Civil, there were also these bits of legal documentation I found:
Salman et al v. Phoenix, City of et al.- http://dockets.justia.com/docket/arizona/azdce/2:2011cv00646/601259/
PDF of file complaint against city of phoenix by Salman- http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/arizona/azdce/2:2012cv01219/707005/36/
Michael H. Salman “President and CEO” of a Corporation called: America West Communications Inc. This business was later part of a civil suit against Salman. The following link shows his ownership of the company provided by Arizona Corporation Commission
1998 Arizona Corporation Commission – America West Communications, Inc. Michael H. Salman President CEO transaction pdf- http://images.azcc.gov/scripts/cgi/dwispart2.pl and http://starpas.azcc.gov/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wsbroker1/history-detail.p?corp-id=%2008301281
The names on the above image of the legal document show up in one of Salman’s Civil case dockets. Something went wrong with this “business.” Michael Salman has other business too, he’s not just a “Pastor.” Currently Micahel H. Salman is the owner of “Mighty Mikes” a burger restaurant, with 2 locations in Phoenix.
N4TM has avenged the taken down video…
Michael Salman is pictured at the end of that commercial.
“KRYPTOLOGOS” And other various Names of Michael H. Salman…
Upon reading one article that listed “Kryptologos” as his YouTube name I found this YouTube account. Still open for now. I’m sure his representation wouldn’t care for this site.
Kryptologos older Youtube account for Michael Salman- http://www.youtube.com/user/kryptologos
Salman has been posting updates of his current prosecution/persecution on another YouTube account:
“Harvest777123” most recent Youtube account for Michael Salman- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8QC9TBOFok&feature=plcp (This is the most popular video being circulated to appeal to the public forum about his victimization by the City of Phoenix).
One Man with many names wouldn’t be duplicitous without multiple sites…
In a case of irony or pure and sheer ignorance, Michael H. Salman decided to run for City Councilman of Phoenix in 2011. This may or may not have been after he approached the Mayor and other government officials that he had been spoken to by the Lord to declare that Christians are tired of “their rights” being infringed upon. (See bottom of post for Screen Shot of Salman Manhattan Declaration confronting Phoenix Officials). Maybe Salman’s bid for office was perpetrated for hype to his impending imprisonment for being a Christian (and a Conservative), but why would the Christian right use a guy like this to set up a volley for fabricated Christian Persecution in the US, such nonsense has not been done before has it? [See here: previous fake Home Church being persecuted in CA, turns out to be nephew of Chuck Smith Sr. Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and Owner of Leadership Magazine, previous owner of Maranatha Industries one of the first mega Christian Rock Labels.] [ Click here for another story busted by N4TM]
Here’s Salman’s Facebook site showing he was running for City Councilman of Phoenix. Take screen shots it may disappear
*Facebook page gives the fullest Bio I’ve seen on Michael Hashem Salman. I did not want to post an image because his minor children are in the pic and I have a heart, I feel so bad for those kids who are drawn into this mess of his.
Money Sites. Ghost Sites. They are profitable as Chuck Missler can attest to. Michael H. Salman, a man with various names, various corporations/businesses, also has various sites asking for donations. Most certainly the money is going to his legal costs, because his two burger Restaurants “Mighty Mikes” and his 501(c) Church, that’s not really a Home Church, even though his Home is listed as the business address of Harvest Fellowship Church on legal docs…here are Three Money Site$
Duplicity or Multiplicity?
One of Michael Salman’s blog sites http://hcfaz.blogspot.com/2010/08/prosecution-for-religious-beliefs.html
Another one of Michael Salman’s associated blogs- http://godthoughtslive.blogspot.com/
Original Harvest Christian Fellowship site – http://web.archive.org/web/20010802132421/http://www.harvestchristianfellowshipaz.org/
Link showing Michael Salman’s home residence purchased for $705,000 in December 2005-http://www.redfin.com/AZ/Phoenix/7601-N-31st-Ave-85051/home/28298440
***Arizona Corporation Commission State of Arizona Public Access System- Michael Salman lists his home residence as “Harvest Christian Fellowship Community Church” beginning in 2007- http://starpas.azcc.gov/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wsbroker1/history-detail.p?corp-id=%2013895629 ***
“Harvest Christian Fellowship” is listed on this website as a Church with Salman’s HOME address listed- http://www.powerprofiles.com/profile/00005141855116/HARVEST+CHRISTIAN+FELLOWSHIP-PHOENIX-AZ
**Update** Here is an even older listing at Arizona Corporation Commission. This one lists a previous Church location, agent filing still Michael Salman, this was 2001-2008 Under “Harvest Christian Fellowship”
(The name of the Church on both documents are changed slightly, maybe it was done again since 2009. I’m still trying to find a legal doc after 2009, if you find it put in comments. Also, if you open the link above the term of the “Corporate Life” is listed as “Perpetual.” Listed Michael Salman “President” Toby Ramsey “Vice-President” and Suzanne Salman “Treasurer” shows last updated as 7/21/2011 )
**Update** 7/12/12 In the continuing saga and to remain as accurate as I can in reporting my findings, and cross checking what people have left in the comments this is what I have so far on this issue of his Incorporation called “Harvest Christian Fellowship.” On the most recent Document I could find on Arizona Corporation Commission was this:
http://images.azcc.gov/scripts/cgi/dwispart2.pl It’s dated 6.12.11 There is a Business address given for “Harvest Christian Fellowship” as 3003 West Northern Ave. Phoenix AZ 85051. I googled that and the picture to the left will show what is there and what Business is listed for this address. I went further and did, “Search nearby” and typed in the church’s name and it did not show the church; it did rather list other churches in a radius that was nothing close to Harvest Christian Fellowship.
**Update** 7/14/2012 A reader left a comment that was not reviewed until today because it was in my ‘spam’ box, however this piece of information is Crucial to the whole case, it’s the actual Court Minutes in PDF form and lays out the FACT that Michael Salman had registered his residential address as his Church business and an exempt status for his property under that filing. Please Read this!
N4TM commentary below (an opinion by me the author of the blog and all posts on this blog)
Is the story about Michael Hashem Salman true? The story being propagated on Mainstream Media and primarily Right Wing Conservative media is that Salman is the “victim” of civil rights. He is being propped up as an innocent man who has a “small” gathering of Christians in his home. I submit that he purchased his home with the intent to have “church” services on the premises because he had run out of places to have his church. According to his “official” website, he has been (burned through) various “Church” sites. If you use ‘Wayback’ you will see how many times the location changes in the course of history. Oddly enough from 2007 until 2011 there are no caches, when you see the site again in 2011 there is no address listed for a meeting place for his “Church” which he clearly listed as his home address on the official documents above. So I ask you again, is Michael Hashem Salman truly being convicted for being a “Christian” or a “Pastor” or holding innocent “bible studies” on his property, or has he truly violated 67 standard codes that he had to meet in order to continue to hold “church” on his property. The City of Phoenix never stated, as far as I could see in my investigation, that he could not hold bible study at his home. His civil liberty and freedom to practice his religion was never threatened. He was reprimanded that should he call it a Church and again it is listed in formal documents as such, he needs to comply with code before continuing his services. Do you think a man with two businesses and a home purchased for $700k (before adding on the additional building on his property) could not have invested in a store front where he would be properly zoned? Do you think a business owner of two restaurants could not figure out exactly how to comply with code enforcement? Do you think registering his “Church” as a 501(c) does not carry with it certain requirements from the Government on how and what that “non-profit” can manage themselves? This appears to be a clear case of FABRICATION. The Salman property sits on 1.4 acres, not 4.6. There is a huge difference in that size and yes, a weekly meeting which brings 10-15 cars on one property has to impact his neighbors. If this were a case of true Christian persecution and he were truly going to jail for preaching the WHOLE word of God than I would stand beside the man and plead his case, however this is not the reality that I have found and I pray that my dear conscientious brethren out there would do us all a favor and VET these people and such fabricated cases before taking to Facebook/Twitter/Foursquare and mass emails.
Original Todd Starnes (FoxNews) propaganda stunt Story on “Preacher” being “persecuted” http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/man-facing-jail-for-hosting-home-bible-study.html
Click on thumbnails to enlarge: Michael Salman Facebook bid for “City of Phoenix Councilman”
Screen shot of Michael Salman’s official Church website stating he went to a meeting of the Mayor of Phoenix and other officials to confront them based on a message he received from God.
Michael Salman’s business blog advertisement for his Business