November 12, 2006

USA TODAY picks Jerusalem, Old City, as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World

Stop the presses. USA Today and ABC News' Good Morning America teamed up to pick the seven New Wonders of the World. One wonder is being revealed each weekday through Nov. 17 in USA Today and on Good Morning America. Katie Couric's stupidity quotient should be included but I doubt that will be one of the items included.

An eighth wonder, voted on by readers and viewers at USATODAY.com, will be revealed in USA TODAY, on the GMA show, at USATODAY.com and at ABCNews.com on Nov. 24. Meet the Panel: Profiles of the seven wonders panelists.

Jerry Shriver of USA Today writes in If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,

"that mankind's capacity for wonder is profoundly expressed in Jerusalem's Old City, which has served as a spiritual nexus for the world's three major monotheistic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — for millennia. Many of the significant historical structures inside the Old City's eight gates have withstood the ravages of time and warfare, including more than 200 synagogues, churches, mosques and other holy shrines. Among the key sites: The Dome of the Rock. This spectacular example of seventh-century Islamic architecture is topped with a golden dome and adorned with ceramics and mosaics. It protects the Rock, which is recognized by all three religions as the place where God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Most Muslims also believe this is where Mohammad left on his journey to heaven. The Western Wall. Though the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70, this remnant endures and has become the most symbolic spot for the Jewish people. It is a center of mourning over the Temple's destruction and Israel's exile. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Christians revere this as the place where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. A church was built there in the fourth century, but it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The current structure dates to the 12th century and houses the site of Christ's tomb. "
Notice how Jerry Shriver makes sure to point out that the Western Wall is a symbolic spot versus how the Dome of the Rock, that abomination, and fabricates the fact that the Dome is recognized by all three religions where Mohammad left on his journey to heaven.

Pure crap. Judaism does NOT acknowledge the Dome of the Rock at all as anything more than an abomination built upon the Holiest of Holies. It's hard to buy into the Dome of the Rock as being anything, considering Jerusalem is not mentioned ONCE in the Koran. Jerry Shriver, do some factchecks. Your infatuation with Islam is overshadowing your journalism.

Jerry Shriver quotes from the Jewish Psalms, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem", equates the Torah on equal footing with the New Testament and - good grief, with the Koran?

I don't buy it.

Not because Jews are better, for we are not. But because Abraham alone found God, did God command him and his seed from Isaac to teach mankind so all peoples might equally learn from God's Will.

God created one human race.

Therefore he revealed only one religion.