Can’t happen here? State lawmaker aiming to keep Sharia law out of court decisions

A Montana lawmaker has placed herself directly in the path of those wishing to use Sharia law in U.S courts.

Senate Bill 199, the “Primacy of Montana Law” bill, introduced by Republican state Sen. Janna Taylor, looks to forbid the use of any foreign laws or religious customs in the state’s courts.

If passed into law, the bill would nullify would nullify any “court, arbitration or administrative agency ruling” that relies on any foreign law contrary to rights guaranteed to Montanans by the state or U.S. constitutions, according to Daily Inter Lake.

Sen. Janna Taylor
Sen. Janna Taylor via Western Journalism.

Taylor said her bill would particularly protect the rights of women and children in the U.S.

She told Inter Lake her reason for creating the bill was the case of a Muslim man in Michigan who got a divorce from his wife in India without the woman’s knowledge. In the case, she said, a Michigan court upheld a Sharia court’s decision that the wife was only entitled to keep what she brought into the marriage.

The decision was eventually successfully appealed by the woman, but the fact that it was upheld in the first place stuck with Taylor.

“She had no prior notice, no pronouncement, no right to be represented, no right to a lawyer and no right to be present for a hearing,” she said, adding that she knew of at least 50 cases in 23 states where Sharia law was used in deciding cases.

For those who think the law is unnecessary because Sharia could never been implemented in America, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck posted an interview he did with members of the first Islamic tribunal that is attempting to get itself set up in Texas.

One of the members of the group went so far as to defend Sharia law as a moneysaver for taxpayers, if you can believe that.


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