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House Fumbles, Monument Protection Dies
« on: July 21, 2019, 11:37:57 AM »
Texas Scorecard By Cary Cheshire July 19, 2019

Despite making it through the Texas Senate, SB 1663 never made it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

Before lawmakers even arrived in Austin for the 86th Texas Legislative Session, one issue was already at the forefront: monuments and memorials.

Across the nation, far-left activists and their allies in the media began active campaigns demanding they be removed from public spaces. In cities and schools nationwide, including Texas cities like Dallas and Houston, historical statues and streets dedicated to former Confederate General Robert E. Lee were torn down and renamed.

The Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition summarized the situation in a letter signed by 130 grassroots leaders and sent to lawmakers in March.

    “Just like the Taliban, the radical Left is bent on destroying religious monuments and statues all across America. These monuments range from military veterans’ memorials to the founding spiritual figures and murals in Ivy League colleges. The Left’s appetite for censorship and groupthink has also expanded into secular historical representations of Christopher Columbus and Confederate statues and monuments.”

“Unfortunately, Texas has not escaped the Left’s purge of history. Urban areas such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin have targeted many Civil War era statues and monuments,” they added.

However, the cities mentioned in the letter were not the only ones under attack. At the Texas Capitol, activists and media entities focused their criticism toward the war memorials on the Capitol grounds and a plaque erected in 1959 by the Children of the Confederacy.

Democrat State Rep. Eric Johnson of Dallas had long insisted the plaque be removed, but Republicans had thus far resisted his efforts. The majority of grassroots voters wanted the plaque to stay.

However, newly elected House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R–Angleton) sided with Johnson. He and his appointee to the State Preservation Board, State Rep. Jeff Leach (R–Plano), forced the issue to a vote and were successful in ensuring the plaque be taken down.

“I’m grateful to Speaker Bonnen for appointing me to the State Preservation Board, and I was proud this morning to vote alongside him, Gov. Abbott, and Lt. Gov. Patrick to ensure the swift removal of the Children of the Confederacy Plaque,” Leach said in a statement.

“Today is a good day,” he added.

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