Democrats in Montana have opposed a bill banning the use of foreign law in its state courts on the grounds that such legislation would target Muslims.
Senate Bill 97, introduced by Keith Regier (R-Kalispell) bans the application of foreign law in Montana’s courts, with the debate particularly focused on Sharia Law, a form of Islamic law typically used in the Middle East.
Although the bill passed on party lines by 56-44, Democrats claimed it was designed to target Muslim communities.
“I think it sends a dangerous message to minority groups both here living in our state and wanting to come visit our state, just merely on the fact that you may be different,” said Rep. Shane Morigeau, D-Missoula, while debating the bill. “I truly believe this law is repugnant. I believe this is not who we are as Montanans.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Ellie Hill Smith (D-Missoula) proposed a failed amendment to the bill to include a ban on both Sharia Law and the Law of Moses, in order to “show the state of Montana that it is not just about Islamic Law.”
“The courts have said that laws that single out certain religions violate the First Amendment,” Smith said, claiming that it was “peppered with anti-Muslim bigotry.”
Another Democrat, Rep. Laurie Bishop (D-Livingston) urged legislators “not to forget the roots of this bill,” adding that “our children are watching.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Brad Tschida (R-Missoula) said the bill was an attempt to push back against a “constitution [that] is constantly under assault.”
Bills specifically targeting Sharia Law have passed in states such as North Carolina, Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Tennessee. The bill will now be passed on to Gov. Steve Bullock (D) for signature or veto.
Fortunately the law passed anyway despite its ‘repugnance’ and the dems’ dislike for it. They’re trying to make themselves look good in the eyes of the muslims, failing to understand that when the SHTF moment comes, the muslims won’t spare them just because they were nice to them.
Unfortunately, Governor Bullock will likely veto the bill given his stance on some of the issues. He supports same sex marriage, the expansion of Medicaid and a pathway to citizenship, just to name a few.
One of the problems with Governor Bullock and so many of the liberals is that they can’t seem to separate Sharia law from the religion of Islam. I think in the case of the muslims and their complete commitment to both, we have to make an exception in their case and limit their freedom of religion to worship only, while within our borders. I understand that violates part of their first amendment rights, but it’s needed to protect ourselves. We’re not talking about Baptists and Methodists here, so there has to be a way to separate their freedom to worship from Sharia law, because it is conflict with our Constitution. Our religions don’t conflict with the laws and theirs cannot either.