Skip to comments.Outraged by Mormon proxy baptism? Not this Jew
Posted on 03/01/2012 7:19:27 AM PST by Former Fetus
In a column many years ago, I described how I once attempted to chart a family tree. Most of my father's family had been killed in Auschwitz, and my efforts to trace their genealogy left me, I wrote, with a family tree that "has stumps where branches ought to be'' and "gets narrower, not wider, as it grows.''
A woman phoned me the morning that column appeared. She said she was a Mormon, and wanted to add the names of my father's massacred relatives the column had mentioned about 18 of them by name to the Mormon Church's vast genealogical archives. I told her that I certainly had no objection. Indeed, I was grateful for any gesture that might help preserve some remembrance of these family members whose lives had been so cruelly cut short.
At the time I knew nothing about "baptism by proxy,'' the ritual that Mormons believe gives even souls in the afterlife a chance to accept their faith and thus enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only later did I learn that some Mormons, eager to save the souls of dead Jews, had taken to submitting the names of Holocaust victims for posthumous baptism.
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Someone should let Jacoby know that even willful conversions while alive do not alter the halachic status of anyone who was born Jewish.
A lot of our people use the Holocaust as an excuse to search the world every day for something to be offended about, are even more offended, as well as severly depressed, if a day passes without being offended.
Your analogy to being cursed by a pagan is appropriate. Unless one believes that a post mortem baptism actually converts the deceased to a religion other than Judaism, what’s the big deal? I’m equally baffled by the practice, and the outrage to it.
If Grandpa Long had known about being baptised a Mormon in life, he probably would have been apoplectic. As he is now where he knows as he is known (and has been since 1870), if he's heard about it at all he probably thinks it's funny.
Of course, by my lights (Catholic) such a baptism is not only ineffective because it is posthumous, but also because it is not Trinitarian.
No harm no foul in my estimation.
And I agree that the Jews have stuff that is way ahead of this on the 'to do list'.
Mormons should keep it to their own who are in the faith and not disrespect others and families who are left behind.
My soul belongs to God and nothing any Mormon, muslim, buddhist, atheist, etc says over my body means a thing.
If they ever come for my coffee, we’ll have a problem.
Hindus were really deep into that stuff back in the days when the Mahabarat/Ramayana was being developed.
I think you recognize the concept.
Frankly, I don't believe in magic, witch-craft, nor binding God with a word. It's so pre-Medieval!
That's covered in the Doctrines and Covenants circa 1836 ~
What you might do to make sure they leave your descendants alone is marry one of my cousins.
Finally, someone who makes perfect sense on this issue, and who says it much better than I ever could.
Very well said by Jeff.
Madonna wears that red cloth around her wrist that is somehow related to her Kabbalism, supposedly for good luck. It’s extreme chutzpa to think that we can manipulate the Divine will.
Likewise, it’s extreme chutzpa to think that post mortem baptizing of someone makes that person a Mormon or a Christian, when that person was by choice a Jew in life. But, unless we believe that it works, then what’s the big deal - for any side of this argument?
There’s some excellent genealogical research that results from these “baptisms.” Save time and money by letting Mormons do the heavy-lifting.
“Dead-dunking” is one way the Mormons purport to claim that their conversion numbers are ever-rising.
This and the LDS’ vast genealogical research to that end make Chicago-style dead voter registration look amateurish in comparison.
“All of the posters here who have said that they “wouldn’t be worried” if, e.g., a pagan cast a spell upon them should nonetheless reocgnize and accept the right of Jews (and others) to be offended by the Mormon practice of posthumous baptism.”
Some people can’t be happy unless they are offended by something. Maybe today I’ll be offended by those who are offended. Then tomorrow, some other pleasurable outrage. Have a happy (offensive) day!
Why would you want to defend and promote this practice?
What has driven you to jump in and advance Mormonism?
You have become a pro-Mormonism activist, not indifferent.
The Mormons are stalking us and our loved ones, to use us, by name, with someone speaking in our voice, in their cult ceremonies, done in secret by cult leaders like Bishop Mitt Romney.
Frankly, I don't care how offended they get. It's none of their business.
I think of everybody who gets offended at what I do, think or say as being rather offensive themselves ~ just hope I don't get angry ~ there's some "hidden redhead" stuff in there.
So what ~ it’s like somebody reading a phone book.