Montana House Advances Bill That Would Ban Sharia Law in State

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would ban Sharia law in the state.

Senate Bill 97, sponsored by Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, passed mainly along party lines on Monday 56-44. While it does not specifically mention Sharia law, it was often the focus of discussion during debate.

“If you go back and listen to the testimony of the proponents of this bill in both the House and Senate, the legislative intent is crystal clear that it targets one religion,” Rep. Ellie Hill Smith, D-Missoula, said. “That this was a Shariah law bill. It’s what every proponent had talked about.”

“It is the public policy of this state to protect its citizens from the application of foreign law when the application of foreign law will violate a right guaranteed by the Montana constitution or the United States constitution, including but not limited to due process, freedom of religion, speech, or press, and any right of privacy or marriage as specifically defined by the constitution and the laws of this state,” the bill reads in part.

However, Republicans disagree that the legislation singles out Muslims and took offense at assertions that the bill is xenophobic.

“We’ve heard a lot of discussion about this being a religious law. I just don’t read it that way,” said Rep. Theresa Manzella, R-Hamilton. “We are born with rights and government exists to protect those rights. We’re given those rights as individuals and that’s what makes us better than other countries that are based on collective rights.”

Residents who support the measure made similar remarks.

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“We have allowed legal immigrants, illegal immigrants and now refugees to take advantage of our law and culture to take up their own agendas,” Sandy Montgomery of Flathead told the Missoulian. “They have no intention to abide by our laws, nor are they interested in assimilating to our culture.”

But Democrats disagreed, stating that the bill sends a message that Americans are not welcoming.

“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,” Rep. Shane Morigeau, D-Missoula, said during Monday’s floor debate. “I truly believe this law is repugnant. I believe this is not who we are as Montanans.”

Smith proposed an amendment that would not only ban Sharia, but also parts of biblical law—followed by both Jews and Christians—from being the basis of state law. However, it failed 82-18.

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  • Robert

    Evidently many people think existing laws both state and federal are worthless in protecting them from being murdered or other bad things
    I can not blame them when I think of abortion and crazy bath room laws. Slowing refugees they know have seriously hurt people to have sanctuary homosexual agendas that put children in danger. AND the homosexual murdering supporting and defending Judges republicans and democrats have put over our court systems

    • Johndoe

      LMAO! Homosexual agenda that put children at risk. Where did you pull that from? Your too angry.

      • Robert

        From a large organization that protesting the Catholic and other church .s because homosexual priests and pastors and church workers molested there children. You can use you web browser and find many complaints of this nature and organizations your self .

  • james blue

    And that it is already barred by the first amendment of the US constitution doesn’t count because……………..

    • Robert

      Of Muslem Symposizing activist Judges and Muslem Judges .

      • King Lust

        Not worshiping the bible doesn’t mean someone is “anti-christian” and the First Amendment was not written by activist or muslim judges sweetheart

        • Robert

          WE Christians do worship the bible incarnate. John 1:1 THAT VERY WORD MADE FLESH

          • King Lust

            the bible incarnate?

            Thats a good one

          • Robert

            Hymn time O word OF God incarnate. Use your web browser

      • james blue

        Okay suppose that was actually true—-
        If it is already banned by the US constitution and the judges ignore it why would “double banning” it change that?

        The US constitution also bars biblical law from being imposed, but they didn’t want to “double ban’ that.

        • Robert

          I Think it puts a spotlight on the problem while in the news hoping some one with enough authority starts worry about his votes if he does not do something.

          • james blue

            Exactly what problem?

        • Royce E. Van Blaricome

          Nope. There are lots of Biblical laws that are Constitutional and imposed.

  • King Lust

    Jeez, the solid stupidity in some people is astounding.

    Freedom of Religion means you can’t ban a religion either just cause you don’t like it.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Anything that contradicts to the Judeo-Christian values causes human rights abuses. The West should ban the submission to Sodomy, too. It’s not Western values, either, but just abuses and a slavery by depraved immorality. Everyone has rights to God’s holiness, morality, purity, and normality.