Senator Jana Taylor (R)-Dayton has introduced SB199, a law to “Prohibit the application of foreign law in state courts.” If you weren’t aware that this was a huge problem in Montana, neither is Taylor. “In all of the cases she was aware of, Taylor said, higher courts had overturned rulings that sided with Sharia law. None of these cases have been in Montana, but Taylor wants to be certain the state’s citizens will be protected…”
The law is actually based on boilerplate legislation written by extremely conservative, racist Arizona lawyer David Yerushalmi founder of Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE). In their mission statement, SANE claims that “America was the handiwork of faithful Christians, mostly men, and almost entirely white.” The bill was originally written to ban Sharia Law, but that didn’t pass constitutional muster, so it was rewritten in the guise of banning all foreign law.
In his screed entitled The Shariah Threat to America Yerushalmi noted that:
our progressive elites, who control the educational system and mainstream media, reject national existence. These progressives despise and seek to destroy any vestige of national sovereignty by embracing a transnationalism that would render national sovereignty an anachronism in the face of world governmental bodies to which we should all bow, Obama-like, such as the U.N. or the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
Is this important legislation that needs to take up the valuable time of our Montana legislators? Evidently not, even Yerushalmi wrote that, “The purpose was heuristic — to get people asking this question, ‘What is Shariah?’” To encourage people to hate. I doubt you would find many Montanans who have any understanding of Sharia Law, other than that it is somehow connected to the evil religion of Islam and brown people and therefore needs to be on everyone’s hate list.
“There’s a conflation between the idea of Islam being a universalist, proselytizing religion and reducing it to a totalitarian movement,” said Mohammad Fadel, an associate professor specializing in Islamic law at the University of Toronto. “All good propaganda is based on half-truths.”
Smacking of popular Agenda 21 paranoia, Taylor “added that the imposition of global laws could also pose a similar threat, referring to the United Nations as a potential source of legal problems in Montana courts.” The entire purpose of SB199 is to toss red meat to the far-right haters and promote the idea that somehow anyone who looks, speaks, or acts differently than me is inherently evil. This bill serves no purpose other than to give racists and bigots a place to hang their hats while exclaiming their allegiance to their own God-given interpretation of the Constitution. Surely our legislators can find better ways to spend their time.