Skip to comments.Mormon ritual is no threat to Jews (Jewish writer lets Mormons Baptize his dead family)
Posted on 03/02/2012 6:55:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind
IN A COLUMN many years ago, I described how I once attempted to chart a family tree. Most of my fathers 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 fathers massacred relatives the column had mentioned about 18 of them by name to the Mormon Churchs 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.
The discovery didnt trouble me at all. In Judaism, conversion after death is a concept without meaning; no after-the-fact rites in this world can possibly change the Jewishness of the men, women, children, and babies whom the Nazis, in their obsessive hatred, singled out for extermination. I found the Mormons belief eccentric, not offensive. By my lights, their efforts to make salvation available to millions of deceased strangers were ineffectual. But plainly they were sincere, and intended as a kindness.
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“That means a Mormon, Muslim, Hindu, or members of any other religion can hold public office.”
But I, as an individual, have the right to vote for or against a candidate based on religion.
The Constitution guarantees my freedom to vote as I choose and to evaluate candidates as I choose, and to discuss it in public as I choose.
What kind of commie nut case are you? You can’t impose a religious test onto voters.
I think this page explains why they bother...
If you’re familiar with the Bible, it will be obvious that there are many misinterpretations and outright distortions of the Bible.
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