In a surprising victory for everything but the American justice system, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, chose to veto a bill that would have prohibited Sharia law and any other foreign legal systems from being used in Montana Courts.
Bullock argued that the bill would “upend our legal system and debase what we stand for as Montanans and Americans, adding: “It cannot be seriously denied that the bill is drawn from ‘Sharia law bans’ that have been tried in other states. The intent of these bills is to target a particular religion and group of people for disfavored treatment.”
Montana was one of 13 states who were currently considering legislation to prevent Sharia law and other foreign law from being practiced in state courts. The version of the bill put forth in Montana did not specifically target Sharia law, but some Republican supporters did equate the foreign law ban to a direct rebuke of Sharia law.
Other backers of the bill claimed that it was simply a measure to uphold the rule of American law, which they claim has been disrespected and circumvented in recent months.
“I don’t see how affirming our Constitution does that,” said state Sen. Keith Regier, a Republican, in response to the governor’s claims of Islamophobia. “I disagree with him.”