Robert Klusener takes the Bible out of context when he uses it to criticize Mayor Alan Autry's use of the "pagan symbol" the Christmas tree (letter Dec. 12).
Without the convenient use of an ellipsis, Jeremiah 10:3-4 reads, "For the customs of the people are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter" (New International Version).
Given that the context of the chapter is the condemnation of idols, I think it is clear that the Bible is condemning pagan gods, not Christmas trees.
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