Skip to comments.National Post: Jonathan Kay on posthumous baptism: A Mormon heaven for us all
Posted on 02/29/2012 3:25:06 PM PST by freedomlover
In a Republican presidential campaign marked by controversies over birth control, moon bases and the proper means of transporting a dog, it was perhaps inevitable that incantations spoken on behalf of the dead would get their turn: In a gesture widely covered by the U.S. media, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has called on Mitt Romney to denounce the Mormon practice of posthumously baptizing non-Mormons Jewish Holocaust victims, in particular. Here in Canada, former Canadian Jewish Congress president Bernie Farber is publicizing the issue. In an op-ed (see below), he writes that the effort at posthumous conversion stings our collective Jewish soul.
Such posthumous baptisms take place in large baptismal fonts in Mormon temples. Mormon volunteers read out a list of names gathered from a genealogical database, and each dead person is vicariously baptized by dunking another volunteer (the stand-in) into the water. At this moment, up in Mormon limbo, the soul of the deceased non-Mormon in question becomes alert to the baptism, and then has the option of accepting it. No soul is coerced into everlasting Mormonhood, the idea goes: If you want to stay out of Mormon heaven, you can.
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You have all been symbolically touched by his noodly appendage.
Laz, you're next
OK Done- Laz, you’re now a Pastafarian too.
I wonder why no mention of the Mormons baptizing the great founding leaders of Islam? Start with Mohammed, of course, then go down the list, both Sunnis and Shiites.
Caliphs, Sultans, Abbasids, Ottomans, scholars, poets, authors, etc., up to and including modern Imams, Mullahs, Muftis, great and small.
Why bother to denounce a practice that is meaningless and has no effect on the persons constituting its purported objective?
It is an insult and affront to living relatives who are shocked to learn theory departed loved one has had their life co-opted and an asterisk placed next their name for decision they had nothing to with.
When they baptize a person like Anne Frank, they have a living person stand in and speak for her, and claim to be speaking in her voice and accepting Mormonism.
They will do the same to my mother and me, I don’t want a cult investigating my family and then performing those twisted, sick, satanic, ceremonies as though we are there.
Bishop Romney has conducted and led those cult activities, I don’t think that anyone has to look for your acceptance to discuss the shocking activity done in our names, using our names, speaking in our voices, and claiming to claim our souls for their Gods.
I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
If the religion is bunk, it means nothing.
On the other hand if the LDS Church is
the real deal, its probably too late for you.
Welcome to freerepublic, how many sign in names would you guess that you have used here?
The absolute gall of this cult’s practice is mind blowing and disrespectful! I know it means nothing but still I find it rude!
Yep, it doesn’t get much more ‘in your face’ than going after our dead children and mothers.
Pure Cult stuff. Bishop Romney is one of the leaders, and is expected to rise to at least Cardinal after this President stuff is over, he may make it all the way to being their Pope, he did have an uncle that was in line for it (the uncle died).