Statue of Liberty
|Some dare call it|
|What THEY don't want|
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The monument itself stands at over 90 metres (being rather French), half of which is the statue itself, half being its base.
The Bible says, "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." (Exodus 20:9)
The statue was given by France in 1876 as a birthday gift to America to celebrate their centennial of independence from the British (with whom they both have a historical enmity), and it now stands at Liberty Island and symbolizes concepts such as freedom, democracy and, indeed, liberty.
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was the sculptor of the statue and Gustave Eiffel (yes, the Tower guy) designed the interior truss system that supported the statue and the then-well-known architect Richard Morris Hunt designed the pedestal.
The statue remains a popular tourist attraction to this day despite its liberal connotations.
A few idiots wanted to ship the statue back to the French in 2003, around the same time those people started calling those fried potato things freedom fries. This would have destroyed a national icon out of pure annoyance.
The Libertarian Party has adopted the Statue of Liberty as its symbol, conveniently forgetting that this big government statue was donated by socialist France and is maintained by the communistic National Park Service with our tax dollars. Whoops.