For Immediate Release: September 10, 2021
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
VA Supreme Court Rules Against Statue, Chairman Helen Marie Taylor
Washington, D.C.: The war against our American history landed a stinging blow this week, finally seeing the removal of the famous statue of Robert E. Lee on his horse in Richmond, Virginia.
“Our fearless Chairman Helen Marie Taylor and others had fought in court to stop this whitewash of history,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, “but the highest courts in Virginia have, like our state’s politicians, gone woke. The Virginia Supreme Court last week ruled against Mrs. Taylor’s claims and others, paving the way for the completion of disgraced Governor Ralph Northam’s orders to remove the statues.”
Martin concluded, “It’s an absolute travesty to see our culture and heritage destroyed. The great men and women who toiled and fought and wrestled with great moral questions and ideological policies would be ashamed of our actions in 2021. We are allowing the complete erasure of their work, their progress for America. As a nation, we have overcome so many things and achieved more peace, more unity, and more prosperity.
“The agenda of the radical left claims to seek ‘inclusion’ and ‘justice’ but it’s just not true. They know that to control a people, you must first erase their history. Americans ought to know that erasing history will only succeed in our repeating it. We are disappointed by this decision in Virginia, and for Mrs. Taylor and her hard-fought loss. My heart is heaviest, however, for our great American heritage and the invaluable lessons it offers that the left is quickly washing away.”