The confederate statue of Robert E. Lee, which was at the center of the controversy in Charlottesville, Virginia, isn’t going anywhere.
A circuit judge just ruled that liberals are not allowed to tear down the statue.
Judge Richard Moore denied the removal request, saying the 1904 state statute was amended several times, covers all wars — and that statues don’t have a discriminatory message.
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“People give the statues messages,” said Moore to the lawyers.
“They speak of history, one we might not like.”
Judge Moore stated that the statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson are war memorials — and cannot be moved due to state code.
“A Virginia state judge ruled Wednesday that statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson that were at the center of 2017 protests must remain standing in Charlottesville, Virginia,” as The Hill reported.
“Circuit Judge Richard Moore ruled that Virginia state law prohibits moving war memorials and that moving the statues would break that law,” the same outlet also noted.
“Moore issued a permanent injunction preventing the statues from being moved at the beginning of a trial over a lawsuit brought against the city by groups that wanted to preserve the statues.”
“People pressing for the statues to be moved argued it was wrong to celebrate generals who had fought to preserve slavery. But Moore seemed to argue that the statues themselves did not have such a meaning.”
The controversy over the statue heated up two years ago.
Watch this video from NBC on the ruling:
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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