Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
This was the original commandment. When God changed His unchanging, immutable mind, he re-wrote it to sound much broader and more widely interpretable, as is much of His book:
You shall not make for yourself a graven image. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.
That's from the Exodus 20 version--the one Moses broke. Then there's the strict version, the one Protestants like. The Roman Catholics don't have this:
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
So this is the version that is inscribed on many monuments and written on many laminated posters hanging in schools.The fact that people insist this commandment is an absolute moral, is ridiculous . Don't carve or etch anything. Nothing whatsoever. Stop! No! Read what it says. If it meant something else, it would have said it. This is immortalized as the Second Commandment. Period. No graven images. The end of the commandment is just as clear. If your grandfather or great-grandfather was an atheist and/or an anti-theist, you're screwed, period, end of story. Wonder why the government of the Christian Nation everyone is so dang proud of was so wicked as to not follow God's law and force us to pay for the crimes of our grand and great grandfathers? And when you've had four great-grandfathers, that could add up! After all, it's the basis of American law. And 1/10 the basis of all our morals.
But thanks for listening, diary.