The confederate statue of Robert E. Lee, which was at the center of the Charlottesville, Virginia controversy, isn’t going anywhere.

A circuit judge just ruled that liberals are not allowed to tear down the statue.

Judge Moore denied the removal request, saying that the 1904 state statute was amended several times, covers all wars, and statues don’t have a discriminatory message.

“People give the statues messages,” said Moore to the attorneys. “They speak of history, one we might not like.”

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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, Va.

Circuit Judge Richard Moore ruled that Virginia state law prohibits moving war memorials and that moving the statues would break that law.

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 Hill]

The controversy heated up over the statue two years ago.

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