Montana To Pass Historic Anti-Foreign Law Legislation

ByPamela Geller on February 9, 2015
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It is time to stand up for American rule of law and individual rights for all. And Montana is doing just that. Senate Bill 199, introduced by state Sen. Janna Taylor, R-Dayton, 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.
Taylor’s bill is entitled “Primacy of Montana Law,” and prohibits the use of foreign laws and customs from being considered in a Montana court of law. This is Montana’s version of an anti-Sharia law bill, modeled off similar legislation that has passed in Louisiana, Kansas and Tennessee.
This bill has been introduced to Montana’s Senate Judiciary committee and will be voted on tomorrow. If you are in Montana, contact your state senator now and urge him or her to vote for this bill.

This should be the proverbial no-brainer. And yet the fact that such laws are met with so much resistance, both overt and covert, indicates how very needed they are.

How can anyone oppose a law that seeks to prevent foreign laws from undermining fundamental constitutional liberties? We all accept that state and federal constitutional rights to a jury trial in CIVIL cases can be waived almost by default (thus two parties agreeing to be bound by German or French law where there is no jury trial right in a civil matter) would not be affected by the bill since the jury trial right is per the law waived by default.

But there is no jurisprudence in the federal system and none in any state that would allow a party to waive Equal Protection—that is, could an African American agree to be discriminated against by the state? Absolutely not. So why would we allow a party to “waive” an equal protection claim in court where the state’s police power is being used to enforce an offensive foreign law?

We now have groups that has ever come to this country with a ready-made model of society and government they believe to be superior to what we have here and are working to institute it.

For example, Islamic law contravenes American freedoms in numerous particulars.

We have seen sharia law in New Jersey. Back in July 2010, a Muslim husband raped his wife, and the judge determined that no sexual assault occurred because Islam forbids wives to refuse sex on demand from their husbands. Luckily, the appellate court overturned this decision, and a Sharia ruling by an American court was not allowed to stand—this time. But there have been over a hundred cases of Sharia jurisprudence in the US, and Jeffery Mittman of the ACLU has testified that “all have been overturned by a higher courts, therefore there is no problem since the American constitutional system worked.” Of course, this begs the question of why should this have happened in the first place. Secondly, it is simply not true that all cases have been overturned. In fact, there are cases in CAL and MD in which trial courts were overturned by appellate courts, the latter of which turned the blind eye to the threat from shariah.

There are also ongoing initiatives to compel businesses to adopt Sharia norms. In March 2007, Target stores in Minneapolis shifted Muslim cashiers who refused to check out pork products to other jobs in the stores.[1] The J. B. Swift meat packing plant in Greeley, Colorado in September 2008 fired Muslim workers who turned violent and walked off their jobs when denied special break periods to end the Ramadan fast at the appointed time.[2] The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, however, sided with the Muslim workers and forced Swift to reinstate them.[3] Ultimately, Swift added footbaths and bidets to its plant for the Muslim workers.[4] Cab drivers in the Minneapolis airport several years ago tried to stipulate that they wouldn’t carry passengers who had alcohol with them – passengers had to conform to Sharia law or not get a cab.

In November 2008, a federal judge ordered Gold’n Plump, Inc., a chicken processing plant, to pay $365,000 to Somali Muslim workers for firing them for walking off the job to pray, and for making new hires sign a form acknowledging that they may have to handle pork on the job.[5] And in February 2010, a group of Muslims in Colorado sued Wal-Mart, claiming that they were fired in order to provide jobs for local non-Muslims, and that they had been denied prayer breaks while on the job.[6] Mind you, it is not necessary for a Muslim to pray at a certain time if necessity makes it impossible to do so. These actions are merely devices in which to impose Islam on non-believers. Prayer is not absolutely required on a strict schedule, and Muslim prayers are commonly “made up” after work or school. This is true even in Muslim countries, i.e., Iran.

The irony is that the ACLU would oppose a law that seeks to prevent foreign laws from undermining fundamental constitutional liberties.

The idea “presented by Muslim Brotherhood groups that ‘Sharia Law’ is not actually ‘law’, but religious traditions that provide guidance to Muslims regarding the exercise of their faith” or that ‘Sharia Law’ differs depending on the country in which the individual Muslim resides is patently false. For example, in the Oklahoma case against the foreign law prohibition, the plaintiff stated that marrying more than one wife is permissible in Islam but in the United States, where that is illegal, Muslims do not marry more than one wife because Sharia in the United States mandates Muslims to abide by the law of the land and respect the law of their land.”

And yet in August 2007, when asked how common polygamy was among Muslims in the United States, unindicted co-conspirator CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper said that a “minority” of Muslims here were polygamous, and added: “Islamic scholars would differ on whether one could do so while living in the United States.”[7] He didn’t say anything about Muslims in the U.S. being given pause by the fact that the practice remains illegal in the United States. Iman Aly Hindy, has stated this about the relationship between Islamic law and American law: “This is in our religion and nobody can force us to do anything against our religion. If the laws of the country conflict with Islamic law, if one goes against the other, then I am going to follow Islamic law, simple as that.”[8]

Apparently many Muslims in America as well as Canada think the same way. A May 2008 estimate found between 50,000 and 100,000 Muslims living in polygamous arrangements in the U.S., in defiance of American law.[9] This shows that we need to stand against Sharia or Muslims will continue to defy American law and instead live according to Shariua dictates.

Legal expert David Yerushalmi, a pioneering legal authority in the drafting of such state laws, points out that “the global jihad leadership against which we have aligned most of our military and intelligence resources since 9/11 informs us in Arabic, Pashtu, Urdu, Persian, and even in English that the global jihad against the West is fundamentally directed and determined by Islamic law, or sharia. The jihad leaders further tell us that their ultimate goal, in addition to that of the ‘defensive jihad’ incumbent on every Muslim to rid the Islamic world of an occupying infidel presence is the implementation of sharia law as the law of the land in any place Muslims step foot.”

“Surveys in the Muslim world consistently evidence that somewhere between 50% to 70% of the global Muslim community desires to create a unified Caliphate for all Muslims and to order that political hegemony according to a strict al Qaeda-like sharia.”

The separation of mosque and state is essential to preserving American freedom and our way of life. Yet the Islamic supremacists have made real inroads. We have seen over the last few years the encroachment of Islam on the secular marketplace. Muslims have demanded, and received, special accommodation in public schools, in the workplace, in our government, and in privately owned businesses.
– See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2015/02/montana-to-pass-historic-anti-foreign-law-legislation.html/#sthash.zxeLfs02.dpuf

One only needs to look at the disintegration of Europe and the establishment all over that continent of enclaves in which Sharia is enforced and the law of the land disregarded, to glimpse a bleak future made possible by “good intentions” and the failure of multiculturalism. In those areas of Europe, women and non-Muslims suffer institutionalized discrimination, and there is no freedom of speech or freedom of conscience.

afdi sharia adAFDI ad to counter pro-sharia ads of Islamic supremacist groups.

“Foreign-law bill gets local support,”
By SAMUEL WILSON/The Daily Inter Lake, February 9, 2015

HELENA — A state Senate committee hearing Friday drew over a dozen speakers from the Flathead Valley supporting a bill that would restrict the use of foreign laws in Montana courts.

Senate Bill 199, introduced by state Sen. Janna Taylor, R-Dayton, 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.

The proposed law provides exceptions for business contracts and tribal court proceedings.

Taylor said her bill would particularly protect the rights of women and children, who do not necessarily receive the same protections under other legal systems that they do in the United States.

About 20 people, most from Kalispell, Bigfork and other locations in the Flathead Valley, spoke in favor of the bill at a Judiciary Committee hearing. They paid particular attention to Sharia law, the Islamic legal code.

“My concern is based on an awareness of the price we’ve paid to secure the freedoms that we have, that are enshrined in our Constitution and in our Bill of Rights,” Tom Osborn of Kalispell said. “It’s just unconscionable that we would allow any law, and in particular Sharia law, to violate the integrity of our rights and our country.”

Osborn referred to a case in which a man in New Jersey was acquitted after beating and raping his wife, with the court deferring to its permissibility under Sharia law. Osborn said ultimately an appellate court overturned the case.

Taylor explained her rationale for the bill by describing a case in which a Muslim man living in Michigan with his wife obtained a divorce in India, unbeknownst to his wife, and under Sharia law she was only granted property that she had brought into the marriage. A Michigan court upheld the Sharia court’s decision until the case was successfully appealed by his wife.

“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,” Taylor said.

Taylor said there were at least 50 cases in 23 states in which Sharia law was used in deciding a case. She 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.

Despite the insistence by Taylor and many of the speakers that the bill is not aimed at any specific group, several of the comments characterized Islam in strong terms.

“Emboldened by American weakness in the international arena … they are using the rights guaranteed under our Constitution to push their form of law as a religious right,” Davida Constant said. “This seventh-century, Middle Eastern, barbaric Islamic tribal practice … is now a threat to the civilized world.”

Rachel Carroll Rivas, representing the Montana Human Rights Network, was the only speaker to oppose the bill, pointing out that it is modeled after legislation developed by the American Public Policy Alliance called “American Laws for American Courts.”

“While this model is sold merely as a recommitment to upholding our constitutional rights, this model legislation is intended to indeed take on Sharia law,” she said, calling it “an effort to spread an alarmist message about Islam and to keep Muslims in the U.S. on the margins.”

Carroll Rivas also noted that the first version of the bill had explicitly targeted Sharia law and was struck down by a court after four months as law.

Taylor said Tennessee, Louisiana and Kansas had passed similar laws with several other states in the South and Midwest poised to do the same.

There was no committee discussion on the bill. Committee chairman Scott Sales set executive action on the bill for Tuesday.

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  • Dr. Doomsday

    Thats Awesome! I hope it spreads. But Truthfully, that should be obvious, but I know, too many people are just too stupid these days to know that.

    • Commieobamie

      RIGHT!. I was ready to move on and then I remembered when I hit the “Back” button…… But that’s islamophobia!
      YAHWEH HELP US!!!

  • Alex

    Thank God, finally!!!!! Keep doing it everywhere!!!! It seems like people are awaking!!!! What’s the law if you have to bend it for some others criteria? It losses it’s purpose. Imprison those who do not comply or commit activities that are against the law ( like for example: bigamy, polygamy, female genital mutilation and so on and on….) Didn’t they come here to escape that kind of life???? We have to do it until we can, as these cowards are really using western democracy and freedom of speech to imply their rules in all pores of ( our) life. Cheer to this article!!!

  • Lynn

    This needs to spread like wildfire through all U.S. states.

    Muslim men can have a wife for a day! That is called prostitution! Not a wife!

    Just for my record, there is nothing wrong with consenting adults having sex.

  • peterliberal

    Obama will stop this vicious attack on muslim’s rights they need to be able to cut women’s clits out how dare anyone stop this?

  • Jaem

    This is a very good sign. Hopefully other States (and other Countries) will take notice and protect their freedoms. I was concerned to find out that Texas has its first tribunal Sharia Court. See this link:
    http://christiannews.net/2015/02/08/americas-first-islamic-tribunal-based-on-sharia-law-being-operated-in-north-texas/

    I find it absolutely against the law and constitution of the US to allow any law but their own in the land.

  • Commieobamie

    It’s ALREADY American law. Oh….yeah….obama and libTURDS! The Constitution and lAWS mean nothing to islamo lovers. “FREEDOM can go to Hell!” : osama obama, AND his crony Judges.

  • Guest

    When you bend your laws to accommodate other peoples laws, soon those people will bend you to their laws. SAY NO TO SDHARIA LAW….

  • When you bend your laws to accommodate other peoples laws, soon those people will bend you to their laws. SAY NO TO SHARIA LAW…..

  • John Barleycorn

    islam go away you are not wanted . . .go while you can

    • IslamHater

      I agree! Muslims go while you can, no harm will be done to you but just go.

  • 912er

    The people become desperate and pass laws that already should be covered in the constitution but just like other issues the people tried to protect,I am sure a federal judge or supreme court will shoot it down as being unconstitutional

  • Sufferfortribe

    Think this will happen in California? Yeah, me neither.

  • IsThisAmerica

    Sharia law should be dismissed in every state of the union. We have our laws in our country. If people coming here don’t like our laws they should leave now. Do not come here trying to change our country to what you LEFT!

    • Al – the sky is falling – Gore

      There shouldn’t be any people “coming here”. Shut off all immigration.

      • Betty4440

        you know obama is dot going to have that he hasn’t got his hundred million muslims in AMERICA yet. guess people will have to take matters into their own hands. and band together against government. who do the low level government people think they are. I for one don’t want to be a slave to government. or any one else for that matter.

    • DrStroganoff

      Quite right, and lets hope every state follows Montana on this example.

  • Al – the sky is falling – Gore

    It will be tricky to word the law so they can’t use religious freedom against us. I hope this applies not only to foreign law but to international law such as might be passed by the UN or World Court, World Bank, IMF, or whatever other BS entity the libtards come up with.

    • Betty4440

      they can no foreign laws what so ever. if you want to bang your head 5 times a day go ahead other than that forget it. no more mosque in AMERICA JUST SAY NO. AND IF THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT NO MEANS TELL THEM. WE MUST STAND STRONG.. AND THEY SHOULD ALSO MUST BE INFORMED ONE STEP OUT OF LINE YOU ARE OUT. OUT OF AMERICA PERIOD NEVER TO RETURN. better yet ban any more coming int AMERICA.

  • Jimbo

    we need this in my State.

  • David C. Telliho

    Bless you, Ms Geller ! Thank you for this very encouraging article.

    • Betty4440

      they killed Kayla just heard it on the news. God in Heaven I hate ialsm.

      • David C. Telliho

        I agree and God does too ! I`ve been telling friends it`s time to get right with God, and time is running out.

  • Bill Kay

    This is the USA we live by our laws , there is nothing on earth that can supersede our law / constitution , and those that don’t understand this simply fact should never be allowed to come here in the first place , and anyone that subverts our law of the land should be gone FOREVER ! and that includes these half wit JUDGES that are allowing this crap in our courts , they should debarred FOREVER., be gone with you !

  • Betty4440

    obama is going to hunt down the killers of Kayla and bring them to justice yea sure get right on that ob. and in the mean time let a few more in Gitmo out.

  • Jake

    “In every country where Muslims are in the minority, they are obsessed with minority rights. In every country with a Muslim majority, there are NO minority rights.”

  • MAS

    It begins with a group moving into an area in sufficient numbers to begin winning local elections. When they have enough legal control of city/county government and law enforcement, they can begin to rewrite city/county ordinances and the slope is in place. The problem is how do we keep our State and National constitutions intact (especially freedom to worship) while fighting this?

    We must recognize that certain elements are in fact dangerous and subversive to our fundamental way of life in what is supposed to be a melting pot. However, when the subversion is from DC to Anytown USA in the form of greedy useful idiots and the enemy is even our educational institutions we are doomed to eventual violence. Normally from government forcing us to comply…tough times ahead people.

  • humboldtcurrent joe

    Ban Sharia in all western nations.

  • Gufo

    FINALLY someone with a glimpse of common sense! It should be part of the constitution, not just a proposal, as it has always been in every normal society. You move to another country, YOU adapt, not the country!!

  • Ektor

    Moving to Montana….maybe. Unless more states wake up, it will be too late. Then again, I suspect Obumba to strike these kind of laws down by executive order, somehow twisting reality about how Islamic terrorists have the right to impose sharia laws wherever they want. A national law, or Constitutional amendment would be more powerful.

    • makeitontop

      Obama/islamists is succeeding in getting rid of first amendment…guns..ammo…creating federal control of internet.sending refuges to all states…etc..surely Montana cant avoid that?

  • cmh

    Having this on the books is a necessary, further defense of erosion of the founding law. However, to my understanding this will not prohibit the likes of the non binding Sharia ‘mediation’ agencies (such as in Texas) that are currently operating. These Sharia based agencies are still a danger to the American way of life and liberty as their clients submit to recommendations based on Koranic immorality.

  • Steve Brown

    This (Bill) honers the heroes of all the wars fought by US soldiers since 1775.

  • IslamHater

    But the bottom line is….we in the West should not have this discussion or to think about it what either a Muslim might or rather not might think.

  • rodulfo-tardo

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    THE THREAT TO AMERICA
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  • IslamHater

    She got a nice smile.

  • kononwa

    “Moving to Montana soon . . .” that dental floss is lookin’ pretty good the more I look at it . . . Frank Zappa, Overnite Sensation, 1973

    • Flower

      Montana doesn’t have Medishare … enjoy.

  • Jeff

    Wow would love to get a bill like this passed in Maine, Seriously, does anyone know how to make a bill like this or know how to start rolling the ball to make a bill like this?

  • Jeff

    One thing I know for sure is we need more people like this Sen. Janna Taylor, R-Dayton standing in our government, instead of Clintons, bushes, Kerry’s and Obamas!!! Of course that’s my opinion, but I tend or hope there our more people who have the same opinion I just stated!!! GOD help us if there isn’t!!!