My fellow Christians I have to inform you that the Temple attributed to Solomon and the second Temple built by Zerubbabel and later alleged to have been renovated by Herod the Great NEVER existed.
This is the case according Muslims. These Muslims are obviously anti-Semitic and anti-Christian racists; however these Muslims are clerics that have a legal standing that is not connected to the illegal terrorists (by European and Slanted Left standards anyway).
The Freedom of Religion typical American might think, “So what? Matters of faith are a personal subjective thought process which is irrelevant to objective facts.”
A typical American might think, “The Christian faith believes Jesus Christ died physically on a cross and three days latter arose from his grave totally alive with full attributes of Godhood. Scientifically this is impossible yet I believe.”
Or a typical American might think, “The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) believe the original native American Indians were the lost tribes of Israel. Scientifically this is ludicrous yet a Mormon of faith subjectively believes this.”
The American point is Freedom of Religion does not affect the day to day lives of American society in a violent way with objective disagreements over subjective faith. In other words – Big Deal, you can believe as you like.
History has not shown this American belief in religion. Christians contrary to their own Scripture were barbaric between themselves and those outside of the faith of Christianity; i.e. persuasion was a violent issue. Greater education and an infusion of secularism has pretty much transformed the Western World to have a greater respect for human life even in the midst of religious and/or non-religious differences.
This is not the case in the Middle East and among many Muslim immigrants (including next generation Muslim Western citizens). Violence is still the foundation of persuasion. Indeed a devout Muslim who actually follows the literal tenets of the Quran, Hadith and so on would not think twice of utilizing violence to justify a violent act.
If you are a Christian or a Jew (ESPECIALLY A JEW) the Mohammedan tendency toward violence and Islamic Supremacism should perk your ears when you hear or read that the Bush Administration and the fading Olmert government are determined to do whatever it takes to establish an Islamofascist Palestinian State. Here is the real bad part of a sovereign Islamofascist Palestinian State: part of the forced deal is to divide Jerusalem between Jewish/Israel sovereignty and Islamofascist/Palestine sovereignty. Even more notorious is a Jerusalem division would place the Temple Mount under the direct authority of Islamofascist Palestine.
The reason a divided Jerusalem is evil is because the Islamofascist Palestinians of have a determined history of destroying Jewish Holy sites and to a lesser degree Christian sites. In addition the predominant Islam thought paraded in the 21st century is that the first and second Jewish Temples NEVER EXISTED.
The discovery has met with skepticism from an archaeologist with Waqf, the Jordanian-controlled trust that manages the 36-acre compound. And it has not pleased some Muslim leaders, who regard the site as an exclusive Muslim preserve. Some have denied that the Jews ever built a temple there. Sheikh Ikrema Sabri, the former mufti of Jerusalem, recently told the Jerusalem Post that the temples of Solomon and Herod never existed.
"There was never a Jewish temple on al-Aqsa, and there is no proof that there was ever a temple," Sabri said. "Because Allah is fair, he would not agree to make al-Aqsa if there were a temple there for others beforehand."
Sabri also said the Western Wall, revered by Jews as the last remnant of a huge retaining barrier built by King Herod to support the vast plaza where the temple stood, has no historical significance for Jews.
"The wall is not part of the Jewish temple. It is just the western wall of the mosque," he said. "There is not a single stone with any relation at all to the history of the Hebrews." (SFGate.com)
Here is another example of denial of facts:
When the kingdom of Jordan ruled Jerusalem's Old City between 1948 and 1967, Jews were barred from sacred sites, and the famous Hurva and Ramban synagogues were blasted into rubble. But since capturing eastern Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, Israel has ensured Christians and Muslims free access to their holy places. Why? Because from its inception, the Jewish state was a liberal democracy, enshrining religious freedom in its declaration of independence and enforcing it through policy and law.
The most obvious of these is fundamentalist Islam, which sees alien religious views, even certain Islamic ones, as heretical and a target for violence. The Taliban's destruction of millennia-old Buddhist landmarks; Al Qaeda's bombing of one of Shia Islam's holiest shrines in Samarra, Iraq; and Hamas's attack on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem give us a taste of what Palestinian Islamist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad would do to the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the City of David, were they to take control.
There has also been destruction at the level of ideas. As Mr. Gold shows, Muslim and Arab leaders in the past recognized that Jerusalem was the location of Solomon's Temple, but today it has become official policy, taught in schools and backed with pseudo research, that the most sacred place in the Jewish imagination — the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, built by King Solomon and maintained on and off for nearly 1,000 years — never existed. Echoing the Holocaust denial of their Iranian contemporaries, Palestinian leaders, writers, and scholars have embarked on a campaign of intellectual erasure, which Mr. Gold calls "Temple Denial," aimed at undermining the Jewish claim to any part of the land.
Mr. Gold's argument, therefore, comes down to this: Jerusalem cannot be divided without being effectively sacked — with its Jewish and Christian holy places cut off and even destroyed. … (New York Sun)
Muslims deny the existence of the Jewish Temple today; however it is very obvious that is Islamic Supremacist racism. The Jerusalem Waqf of 1925 printed a travel brochure that asserted the Temple Mount was Jewish and that the Jewish Temple existed on the Temple Mount.
There have been tons of artifacts and archeological discoveries that also prove the existence of the Temple. One of the most recent was the discovery of the Hasmonean Jerusalem wall. The Hasmonean dynasty started out well with the Maccabean revolt against Greek/Syrian oppressive rule which one the day and rededicated the Temple. The Maccabean revolt had some miraculous occurrences involving the rededication of the Jewish Temple which is today celebrated as Hanukkah. The Hasmonean wall proves the existence of the Temple.
The Mohammedan denial of the existence of the Temple will lead to Islamofascist actions that history shows will occur. The Jerusalem Church of the Holy Sepulcher will be heavily oppressed if not destroyed AND total control of the Temple Mount by Mohammedans will result in the eradication of that which is Jewish not to mention the prohibition of Jews to visit the Western Wall of the remains of the Temple.
It is a bad scenario. DO NOT DIVIDE JERUSALEM! DO NOT GIVE TOTAL CONTROL OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT TO MOHAMMEDANS!