The practice of baptism-in-absentia has been going on almost since the Mormon Church’s inception. Essentially the idea is this: a devoted Mormon stands in for one of their ancestors and undergoes the baptism ritual on their behalf.
That ancestor will then be saved from damnation and given the option to make an afterlife conversion to Mormonism. Nothing particularly odd about that, at least not as far as religious rites go.
Muslims make pilgrimage, Catholics believe in transubstantiation — every faith has its thing, and that’s alright. People’s religious practices ought to be tolerated, if not respected, as long as they don’t overtly step on anyone’s toes.
And there’s nothing particularly offensive about afterlife baptism either — well, nothing except for the fact that tens of thousands of Jewish Holocaust victims have turned up in the Mormon’s “to-be-converted” database.
And yes, that exists.
But these dead Jews aren’t alone. Members of the Mormon Church have been baptizing dead folks far and wide and from every different background.
During Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008, it was leaked that the Church had baptized his deceased mother.
They didn’t stop there.
Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun and other prominent Nazis have been given the baptismal treatment, which has stoked the flames of an already incensed Jewish community.
And despite the fact that I can’t quite connect the dots on that particular nuance of this
issue, there is something decidedly un-kosher about the whole affair, or un-halal. Take your pick.
So when Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and award-winning author, found out he was in the Mormon’s database — and he wasn’t even dead yet — he went straight to the top. The discerning reader will probably have already put this together.
He went to Mitt Romney.
And by “went” I mean he called the candidate out on….>>>READ MORE.
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