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Bill would prohibit state courts from applying Islamic law
by Erin Loranger
More than 25 people testified at a Senate Judiciary hearing Tuesday in favor of a bill that would ban the application of foreign law in state courts.
While Senate Bill 97 doesn't specifically mention Islamic sharia law, proponents repeatedly expressed fears that immigrants and refugees coming to the United States would eventually demand sharia law supersede the constitutions of the United States and Montana.
Opponents said the bill doesn't accomplish anything other than furthering an anti-Muslim sentiment.
Similar legislation has been enacted in nine states and is currently up for debate in several others.
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