Proxy BaptismPosted: February 2, 2012
I have removed my commentary from this post previously titled “Posthumous Mormon Conversion”. See the correction I posted as well as the comment provided by Jettboy below. To be clear, I find the practice of Proxy Baptism to be distasteful. However, I concede that whatever my person beliefs on religion and myth, I should not use this space to call out others for the practice of their faith UNLESS that practice causes actual harm to actual living beings.
The links from my original post:
Maureen Dowd in the New York Times: Anne Frank, a Mormon?
Gary Mokotoff in AVOTAYNU: The Mormon/Jewish Controversy: What Really Happened
John Cook on Gawker: Did Mitt Romney Convert His Dead Atheist Father-in-Law to Mormonism?
John Cook on Gawker: Yes, the Romneys Converted Mitt’s Dead Atheist Father-in-Law to Mormonism
The following is a statement issued by LDS leaders and The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants:
Joint statement by Jewish and LDS Church leaders:
Goodwill and friendship have marked the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Jewish people. The support that the state of Israel has given the Church in helping establish the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies is appreciated and continues to foster greater understanding between us.
Over the years, survivors of the Holocaust have pointed out to the Church that its practice of posthumous/proxy baptism has unintentionally caused pain due to the inclusion of names of those who perished in the Holocaust. As a result of dialogue and extraordinary efforts of the Church, computer systems and policy initiatives have been put in place that resolve this issue, which is greatly appreciated by The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants, the result of which will be felt throughout the world.
It is gratifying that the good faith efforts undertaken over the years to deal with an important issue of sensitivity to the Jewish Holocaust survivor community have eliminated a source of tension between our two groups, enhancing our ability to cooperate, including important programs of humanitarian aid across the world.