does the President support efforts to rebuild the temple on the Temple Mount?White House Press Briefing with Scott McClellan
Tuesday, February 1, 2005 12:15 PM
Mokhiber: Scott, on the Middle East - many evangelical Christians in the United States are supporting right-wing Jews in Israel who want to rebuild the temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They (Evangelical Christians) believe this is a prerequisite for Christ's return to earth.
They believe that when Christ returns to earth - they call this the rapture - he will take back with him the true believers. And the rest - the non believers - Jews, Muslims - will be left behind to face a violent death here on earth.
My question is, as a born again Christian, does the President support efforts to rebuild the temple on the Temple Mount?
Scott McLellan: Russ, we can sit here and talk about religious issues. I will be glad to take your question, and if there is more, I will get back to you on that.
Mokhiber: Is he a born again Christian?
Scott McLellan: Thank you. (McLellan abruptly ends the press briefing and walks out.)