State Rep. Files Bill To Prevent Removal Of Confederate Monuments In New Orleans

State Rep. Thomas Carmody (R-Shreveport) has filed a bill to prevent the removal of Confederate monuments in Louisiana. This bill would be the final obstacle preventing the city of New Orleans from removing statues of Robert E. Lee, P.G. T. Beauregard, and Jefferson Davis.

From The Advocate:

A Shreveport lawmaker has again filed a bill that would prevent New Orleans from taking down statues of three Confederate leaders and one honoring an uprising by a 19th-century white supremacist militia.

This is the second time state Rep. Thomas Carmody, a Republican, has offered legislation intended to prevent the city from taking down the monuments to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the White League militia that attempted to overthrow the state’s Reconstruction-era government.

The bill would prohibit the alteration or removal of any monument on public property to a war involving the United States, including the “war between the states,” or any “structure, plaque, statue, monument, school, street, bridge, building, park or area, that has been dedicated in memory of or named for any historical military figure, historical military event, military organization or military unit.”

The chances of the bill’s success are unclear. Carmody and Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, last year filed bills that sought to require a state commission’s approval before a monument could be removed, but they died in committee.

Timing may also be against the new measure. The Legislature is set to convene April 10 for what is expected to be a grueling session focused on taxes and the state’s grim financial outlook. April 10 is six days after New Orleans is expected to select a firm to remove the statues.

The city’s proposed contract calls for the monuments to be removed by mid-May. That would be about halfway through the session.

It’s a shame the Louisiana Legislature has to intervene on this issue. That’s because the city of New Orleans is willing to destroy its history to satisfy political correctness.

Those same forces are gearing to destroy more monuments and more aspects of New Orleans and Louisiana history. The Legislature needs to act quickly on this legislation and save our history.

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