[Ed. — Looks like someone at the White House press corps decided to go for the jugular the other day.]
Q: Scott, on the Middle East, many evangelical Christians are supporting right-wing Jews in Israel who want to rebuild the temple on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They believe this is a prerequisite for Christ’s return to Earth. They believe 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 and 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 a temple on the Temple Mount?
MR. McCLELLAN: Russ, we can sit here and talk about religious issues, but I’m not — I will be glad to take your question and if there’s more, I will get back to you on it.
Q: Is he a born-again Christian?
MR. McCLELLAN: Thank you.
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