A bill designed to block “the application of foreign law” in state courts – including Sharia Law – advanced in the Montana House of Representatives earlier this week.
The vote for Senate Bill 97 was mostly along party lines, passing 56-44.
Republicans argued that the bill simply upheld the Constitutions of both Montana and the United States. Democrats meanwhile, argued that the bill – say it with us – targets Muslims!
Via the Billings Gazette:
After a lengthy debate, with Democrats and Republicans disagreeing on the intent of a Senate bill to prohibit state courts from applying foreign law, the legislation advanced in the House largely along party lines with a 56-44 vote.
Senate Bill 97, carried by Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, doesn’t specifically mention Sharia law, but it was the only kind of foreign law mentioned during testimony in both the Senate and House judiciary committees.
Sharia law is the religious governance followed by people practicing Islam. Sharia utilizes religious texts to determine divine will. Its implementation varies across the world, with Saudi Arabia adhering to strict punishments like stoning, while in other countries it is most regularly used in personal law such as marriage and divorce.
Democrats said the bill targets Muslims, while Republicans said it simply reinforces the Montana and U.S. constitutions.
By the nature of the opposing laws and philosophies, it is understandable that a bill upholding the Constitution would seem to target radical, Sharia-abiding Islamists. But it says more about which political group is supporting which side. Republicans fight for the Constitution, while Democrats fight to erode it.
Still, upholding Constitutional law does not result in discrimination of other religions. The laws in this country are clear, and Sharia law has no standing in any manner. It seems reasonable to codify such a concept.
Conservatives across the nation have sent a powerful message against Sharia Law. A petition on Stand United has been created, demanding Congress take action against the oppressive legal system.
“As far as being determined xenophobic, that’s an insult,” Rep. Brad Tschida explained. “I’m not intolerant. This is not anti-Muslim.”
“We have allowed legal immigrants, illegal immigrants and now refugees to take advantage of our law and culture to take up their own agendas,” one resident said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Jan. 24. “They have no intention to abide by our laws, nor are they interested in assimilating to our culture.”
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