Flashback: 2020 Hopeful Steve Bullock Once Rejected Bill to Ban Sharia Law in Courts

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock walks down the main concourse during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), who now seeks the Democrat nomination for president, once vetoed a bill that would have prevented Sharia and other foreign laws from being used in Montana courts.

At the time of the veto, Bullock said the bill would “upend our legal system and debase what we stand for as Montanans and Americans.”

The bill, which did not set focus primarily on Sharia law, drew immense support from those questioning the religious law used in some portions of the Islamic world.

Bullock stated he was afraid to sign the bill in fear that it would be viewed as an “endorsement for anti-Muslim sentiments and activity.”

“There is absolutely no need for this bill,” Bullock claimed in his veto message. He also said it could create a “nationwide surge in hate crimes.”

At the time of the consideration of the bill, Montana was one of 13 states considering legislation that would prevent the use of foreign law in state courts.

“It cannot be seriously denied that the bill is drawn from ‘Sharia law bans’ that have been tried in other states,” Bullock said. He also claimed the bill was designed to “target a particular religion and group of people for disfavored treatment.”

Implemented in many parts around the world, Sharia law has been criticized for its brutal and harsh dealings with women and homosexuals. Those who break the rules of Sharia face execution methods which include beheading, stoning, amputation, and the throwing of suspected homosexuals off buildings.

More facts about Sharia law around the world can be found here.

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