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23 February 2012

Santorum Adviser: ‘Why is Mormonism Off Limits?’

February 22, 2012

National Review

But specifically religious questioning of Romney is as rare as specific Romney statements about Mormon beliefs. Given the current grilling of Santorum, that is a source of growing frustration to Santorum’s advisers. “Why is Mormonism off limits?” asks one. “I’m not saying it’s a seminal issue in the campaign, but we’re having to spend days answering questions about Rick’s faith, which he has been open about. Romney will turn on a dime when you talk about religion. We’re getting asked about specific tenets of Rick’s faith, and when Romney says, ‘I want to focus on the economy,’ they say, OK, we’ll focus on the economy.”

There’s been extensive discussion over whether there is Mormon bias in the electorate or not. Just under 20 percent of Republican and independent voters would not vote for a Mormon for president, according to a June Gallup poll. In contrast, a higher percentage of Democrats — 27 percent — wouldn’t vote for a Mormon for president. As far as I’m aware, there’s been no similar polling — or even widespread discussion — about whether a Catholic candidate faces any similar electoral obstacles.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/291696/santorum-adviser-why-mormonism-limits-katrina-trinko

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Mormon Voters Raise Romney’s Advantage in Arizona

February 22, 2012

New York Times

The most tangible advantage in Arizona belongs to Mitt Romney, and it is because the state has a reasonably high Mormon population. In the 2008 primary there, Mormon voters constituted 11 percent of the electorate — and Mr. Romney won 88 percent of their votes, versus 8 percent for John McCain.

If Mr. Romney posts similar numbers among Mormon voters this year in Tuesday’s primary — and there’s no reason to think that he won’t — that works out a nine-point built-in advantage in the state.

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/mormon-voters-raise-romneys-advantage-in-arizona/

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Mormons baptize Holocaust victim Anne Frank posthumously, says report

February 23, 2012

Ha’aretz

Annelies Marie (Anne) Frank, a German-born Jew who perished in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, was allegedly baptized posthumously by Mormons on Saturday, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday.

According to the report, the baptism was conducted using a proxy, by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic .

Whistleblower Helen Radkey, a former member of the church, told the Huffington Post that she discovered Frank’s name on a database open only to Mormons, where the Jewish girl who died at age 15 was listed as “Completed” beside categories labeled “Baptism” and “Confirmation” with the date February 18, 2012. A screen shot of the alleged database sent by Radkey is linked to the Huffington Post report.

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/mormons-baptize-holocaust-victim-anne-frank-posthumously-says-report-1.414269

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After Anne Frank baptism, Mormons vow to discipline members

February 22, 2012

CNN

Reacting to a report that well-known Holocaust victim Anne Frank had been baptized by proxy in a Mormon temple, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it is committed to disciplining members of its church who conducted such baptisms, which violate church policy.

Word of the Frank baptism came a week after the issue of Mormon posthumous proxy baptism of Jews attracted national attention. This controversy surfaced after it was reported that the dead parents of Jewish Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal had been baptized in a Mormon temple.

The church apologized for that baptism, blaming it on a technical glitch in its system for submitting names for posthumous proxy baptism.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/22/after-anne-frank-baptism-mormons-vow-to-discipline-members/

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Mormon temple in Dominican Republic fuels controversy by posthumously baptizing Holocaust victim Anne Frank, says ex-church member

February 22, 2012

New York Daily News

Anne Frank– the most famous of all Holocaust victims — has been posthumously baptized at a Mormon temple, fueling the growing controversy over the bizarre practice.

The rite was conducted Saturday in a Mormon temple in the Dominican Republic, according to Helen Radkey, an excommunicated church member turned whistleblower.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints practices proxy Baptism — converting Jews, Christians and Muslims to the faith years after they died by ritually dunking a stand-in for the deceased.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/mormon-temple-fuels-growing-controversy-posthumously-baptizing-famed-holocaust-victim-anne-frank-article-1.1027101

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Do proxy baptisms inflate Mormon membership figures?

February 22, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

With the flurry of recent news stories about Mormons performing ritual baptisms for Holocaust victim Anne Frank and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal’s deceased parents, many readers believe that those millions of people who have been posthumously baptized in LDS temples are now considered Mormons and are counted as such.

Wrong.

“The names of deceased persons are not added to the membership records of the [LDS] Church,” it says on the Utah-based faith’s official website.

Nor is the ritual, in any sense, complete or coercive in Mormon eyes.

“By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, church members offer these blessings to deceased ancestors,” the website says. “Individuals can then choose to accept or reject what has been done in their behalf.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsfaithblog/53567993-180/baptisms-church-deceased-lds.html.csp

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Fury as Mormons posthumously baptise Anne Frank for ‘TENTH time in more than two decades’

February 22, 2012

Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Anne Frank was posthumously baptised by a Mormon for the first time in 13 years after nine similar rituals were allegedly carried out in the 1990s.

The Jewish girl and her diary rose to fame after she died during the World War Two Holocaust in 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany.

But a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints member has caused fury by baptising her by proxy at a Dominican Republic temple last weekend.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2104878/Fury-Mormons-posthumously-baptise-Holocaust-victim-Anne-Frank-TENTH-time-23-years.html

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Anne Frank baptized in Mormon proxy ritual

February 22, 2012

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Anne Frank was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual in another case of a Holocaust victim discovered to have been baptized posthumously this month.

The ceremony reportedly took place last weekend in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in the Dominican Republic. It was discovered by Helen Radkey, a former member of the Mormon church who has become a whistleblower on such activity.

Only Mormons have access to the church’s genealogy database, which also can be used to submit a deceased person’s name for proxy baptism.

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/02/22/3091787/anne-frank-baptized-in-mormon-proxy-ritual

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Anne Frank Posthumously Baptized by Mormons; This Is an Outrage

February 23, 2012

Gather News

As an atheist, it’s hard to pay much attention to any religion’s silly rituals and “rain dances,” but the thought of Anne Frank being posthumously baptized is highly offensive. This source reports that the Mormons have done precisely that. Baptism is a silly concept as it is, but to baptise someone of a different faith after death is pretty comparable to rape. The Mormons have essentially raped Anne Frank like they have done with so many other people who were not members of the church who died.

http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981136898

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Paul Gordon: We cry out: Enough is enough

February 23, 2012

Maryland Community News Online

We learned that a landmark agreement was signed May 3, 1995, between the Mormon Church and members of the Jewish community, supposedly ending the Mormon practice of posthumously baptizing Jews even though they were not direct ancestors of Mormons. Gary had been involved with other Jewish leaders to stop the practice.

The Mormon index was to be cleansed of Jews, including 360,000 Holocaust victims. The church was to issue a directive reaffirming the signed policy and direct all officials and members of the church to discontinue future posthumous baptisms of Jews unless they were direct ancestors of living members of the church or had written approval from all living members of the deceased’s family.

Church leaders claim the policy works, but, as recent baptisms have revealed, Jews continue to be posthumously baptized as Mormons without the required permission. Recently, famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and his parents had been added to the baptismal records by two Mormon temples in late January.

Members of Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s family were found in a list on the same date of those “ready” for posthumous baptism.

Church leaders offered a rather lame apology, saying, “In a few instances, names have been submitted in violation of policy.”

http://www.gazette.net/article/20120223/OPINION/702239937/1014/paul-gordon-we-cry-out-enough-is-enough&template=gazette

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Why Do Mormons Baptize Dead People (like Anne Frank) by Proxy?

February 22, 2012

Yahoo

Mormons believe that people must go through a number of ordinances in order to reach the Celestial Kingdom of heaven. These include being baptized and confirmed a member of their church, as well as receiving one’s “endowments” and being “sealed” to one’s family in sacred temple ceremonies, which they do not discuss the specifics of.

Mormons believe that people who do not receive these ordinances do not go to heaven, and that people who haven’t been sealed to their families (or who don’t obey the church’s leaders, including by paying a 10 percent tithe) will be split up from their families in the next life. This includes all non-Mormons who have ever lived, as well as all people in same-gender partnerships — Mormons believe that LGBT individuals and asexual people will be cisgender and heterosexual in the next life, and that same-gender partnerships won’t be allowed in heaven.

http://news.yahoo.com/why-mormons-baptize-dead-people-anne-frank-proxy-214500437.html

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Why Can’t the Mormon Church Stop Baptizing Anne Frank?

February 22, 2012

Jezebel

Posthumous baptism was intended to be done to bring people’s non-Mormon ancestors into the fold, but it’s since become acceptable to baptize all kinds of random people. In 1994, it was discovered that the church had taken it upon themselves to baptize Jewish people who’d been killed in the Holocaust. As you might imagine, this unauthorized action upset Jewish religious leaders tremendously, and they eventually got the Mormons to agree to stop performing posthumous baptisms on all Jews, not just Holocaust survivors.

Anne Frank’s latest baptism is a clear violation of that agreement. (All of her previous baptisms occurred between 1989 to 1999.) It seems it took place at a Mormon church in the Dominican Republic, and the fact that it was allowed to go through casts doubts on the security of the procedure for keeping Jewish people out of the baptism database. Michael Purdy, a church spokesman, told The Huffington Post that the church was committed to keeping its word, and this appeared to be an isolated incident. Frank’s record will probably be scrubbed–who knew it was possible to undo a baptism?–but maybe they ought to stick a little note in there so they can avoid attempted Anne Frank baptisms numbers 11, 12, etc.

http://jezebel.com/5887546/why-cant-the-mormon-church-stop-baptizing-anne-frank

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Did Mormons Try to Baptize Anne Frank Again? Eli Wiesel Wants Mitt Romney to Speak Up

February 22, 2012

International Business Tribune

Helen Radkey, a Salt Lake City researcher, told The Huffington Post the Holocaust victim was baptized by proxy on Saturday, violating a 2010 pact between Jewish leaders and the Mormon Church. A screenshot taken by a database only accessible to members of the church shows that Annelis Marie “Anne” Frank was both baptized and confirmed on Feb. 18, 2012, at the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple.

The LDS Church has condemned the act. According to a statement obtained by Fox 14, the Church said a great deal of “deception” must have been involved to let the baptism happen.

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/302885/20120222/mormons-baptize-anne-frank-again-eli-wiesel.htm

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Mormons secretly baptized and converted Catholic Holocaust hero

February 22, 2012

America Blog

You have to hand it to the Mormons, they’re an equal opportunity bully (gays, blacks, women, Jews, and now Catholics). From NPR:

He wasn’t Jewish and he wasn’t a victim of the Holocaust, but the discovery of Jan Karski’s name on Mormon proxy baptism records has angered those already upset about posthumous Mormon baptisms of prominent Jews and Holocaust victims.

http://www.americablog.com/2012/02/mormons-secretly-baptized-and-converted.html

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Anne Frank reportedly baptised by Mormons

February 22, 2012

Expatica Netherlands

A temple of the Mormon church reportedly baptised Anne Frank last Saturday. The news was brought to the attention of the US media by researcher Helen Radkey on Tuesday. Mormons believe that if you baptise people posthumously their souls can go to heaven.

There has been a lot of commotion about the practice of baptising the dead in the past. In 1995, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the church is officially known, agreed with Jewish leaders to end the practice of baptism by proxy. But it still goes on, last month the parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal were baptised.

According to the Huffington Post Anne Frank has been baptised nine times by proxy under different versions of her name. This time the ritual took place in the Domincan Republic. It is the first time in over ten years that it has happened. The news website says in response to the news, the Mormons have reiterated their commitment to the agreement not to baptise holocaust victims. Ms Radkey thinks the church will now erase its record of the baptism as it has done in previous cases.

http://www.expatica.com/nl/news/dutch-news/anne-frank-reportedly-baptised-by-mormons_210133.html

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Anne Frank Posthumously Baptized as a Mormon

February 22, 2012

Opposing Views

Anne Frank, whose famous diary made her a symbol of the Jews killed in the Holocaust, has been posthumously baptized as a Mormon.

The Mormon church has a practice of baptizing dead people, but an agreement between the church and Jewish leaders banned the baptism of Jews, unless they were the direct ancestors of Mormons.

Reports say Mormon whistleblower and former church member Helen Radkey claimed Frank was baptized on Saturday at a Mormon temple in the Dominican Republic. Radkey got her information from a database that is only open to Mormons.

Radkey said Frank’s name has been submitted for baptism more than a dozen times over the years, but this is the first time her name has been on the list in more than a decade.

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion/religion-society/anne-frank-posthumously-baptized-mormon

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Anne Frank Baptized By Mormon Church

February 22, 2012

The Inquisitr

Radkey claims that the Mormon church baptized Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank by proxy on Saturday. While Anne Frank died in 1945 the Mormons have submitted different versions of her name on more than a dozen occasions in an attempt to receive approval for proxy rites.

Radkey says Frank had received at least nine baptism rites from 1989 through 1999 but she admits that this is the first time in over a decade that her name has been found in a database that’s used to track genealogy and to submit a deceased persons name for proxy baptism consideration.

The database is only made available to Mormons.

http://www.inquisitr.com/196859/anne-frank-baptized-by-mormon-church/

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Mormons Baptize Anne Frank

February 22, 2012

Newser

The Mormon Church last weekend appears to have once again baptized Anne Frank, defying an agreement with Jewish leaders to refrain from posthumously baptizing Jews in general and Holocaust figures in particular. Former Mormon Church member Helen Radkey discovered the baptism on a Mormons-only database used to chart genealogy and submit names of dead people to be posthumously baptized, the Huffington Post reports.

This isn’t the first time the church has tried to claim Frank–she’s been submitted at least a dozen times before. But the attempts are especially egregious because Mormons had promised Jewish leaders they would confine such baptisms to their direct ancestors, and Frank had no children whatsoever. Mormons have attempted to baptize other Holocaust victims as well. The database recently, for instance, listed Elie Wiesel as “ready” for posthumous baptism, even though Wiesel is alive and has campaigned against the practice.

http://www.newser.com/story/140235/mormons-baptize-anne-frank.html

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Now you can posthumously turn a Mormon gay

February 22, 2012

Death and Taxes

Mormons have been in some hot water for their posthumous proxy baptisms of famous Jewish figures like Anne Frank and the parents of Simon Wiesenthal, not to mention the still-alive Elie Wiesel. So now it’s time for a little Internet-style payback.

If you head over to All Dead Mormons Are Now Gay, you can enter the name of your favorite deceased member of the LDS church to posthumously be made homosexual. Don’t have a favorite dead Mormon? Well, they’ve got a generator that wil provide you with a random one so you don’t miss out on the fun.
Sorry, dead Mormon Gary Scott.

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/179075/now-you-can-posthumously-turn-a-mormon-gay/

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Bad Mormon: Mitt Romney’s Anti-Immigrant Stance Doesn’t Jibe with LDS Teachings

February 23, 2012

Phoenix New Times (Arizona)

One day, Adolfo, then 19, comforted a family whose baby recently had died.

“I had the opportunity to read the Book of Mormon and pray with them,” he recalls, a white statue of Jesus Christ peeking over his shoulder from a mantelpiece behind him.

“They read the Book of Mormon, and they felt good. Because they know the family is not just for this life, it’s after this life, too.”

Adolfo’s visit moved the family to become baptized in the LDS faith, a bright spot in a mission generally filled with rejection. His account is not dissimilar to most of the more than 52,000 Mormon missionaries proselytizing in about 120 countries on any given year, save in one significant way.

Adolfo is undocumented, having walked across the Sonoran Desert when he was 16 years old to come to Phoenix and work as a landscaper so he could send money home to an ailing mother in Mexico.

Though raised Roman Catholic, he was baptized Mormon and attends one of the 50 Spanish-speaking congregations, called wards or branches, that exist in Arizona.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2012-02-23/news/bad-mormon-mitt-romney-s-anti-immigrant-stance/

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Polk’s Mormons See More Interest in Their Faith Because of Romney

February 22, 2012

The Ledger (Florida)

While Romney has not emphasized his religion in the campaign, local Mormons say his prominence has brought new attention to their church. Mormons in Polk County expressed hopes that Romney’s status could help dispel misunderstandings about the church, even as some said they worry Romney could be a magnet for attacks on their faith.

“Personally, there are two ways to look at it,” said Lindell Smith of Winter Haven. “If it causes people to really look at the church, I think that’s good because I think if they go to the website and get some information about the church they will have some real knowledge of the church. The part that worries me is that people won’t get that real knowledge and they may deal with hearsay, and I think that would be unfair.”

http://www.theledger.com/article/20120222/POLITICS/120229795

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Latino Mormons Not Big Fans of Romney

February 22, 2012

Hispanically Speaking

Though there are a number of Latino Mormons, it appears Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has not automatically won their vote.

Among the Latino Mormon population, immigration is a major issue, and many say Romney’s stance on immigration is in direct conflict with the teachings of the Mormon church.

Latino Mormons have begun saying that they will not promote and will actively speak out against Romney or any Mormon seeking office who supports harsh immigration reform.

The Mormon faith has a history of converting immigrants with the teachings of the Book of Mormon, and statements have even been released by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding the targeting of immigrants in new policies, adding that Romney’s immigration reform proposals which fail to provide undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship is hypocritical, as his ancestors sought refuge in another country (Mexico) just as immigrants are now coming to the U.S.

http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/notitas-de-noticias/details/latino-mormons-not-big-fans-of-romney/14140/

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Romney Shovels Walks to No Avail

February 22, 2012

Religion Dispatches

A few weeks ago, I heard a Mormon man cheerfully recount his recent experience as a missionary in Minnesota. Whenever he and his companion (Mormons always proselyte in twos) were turned away–as happened at most houses–the missionaries always offered to shovel the householder’s snow-packed walk. Just to do a good turn. Plant a seed. Leave a positive impression.

Knock as he might, a lot of doors are closing in Mitt Romney’s face these days. Minnesota. Missouri. Colorado. He may very well lose Michigan, the state his father governed. Polls even suggest that Arizona, which has a large LDS population and has been described as a Romney “firewall,” could be in play for Santorum, a situation not helped by the recent resignation of Romney’s state campaign co-chair the notoriously anti-immigrant Sheriff Paul Babeu, after it was revealed that he was gay and had threatened to deport an undocumented Mexican ex-boyfriend.

http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/joannabrooks/5718/romney_shovels_walks_to_no_avail/

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‘All Dead Mormons Are Gay’ Site Turns Deceased Mormons Gay For All Eternity

February 22, 2012

Huffington Post

Could Mormons posthumously benefit from being converted into gay people? At least one website seems to think so.

The website All Dead Mormons Are Gay offers visitors the chance to “convert” any deceased Mormon they choose into a gay person.

The site explains:

Sadly, many Mormons throughout history have died without having known the joys of homosexuality. With your help, these poor souls can be saved.

Simply enter the name of your favorite dead Mormon* in the form below and click Convert! Presto, they’re gay for eternity. There is no undo.

Don’t know any dead Mormons? Click the “Choose-a-Mormon” button and we’ll find one for you. You’re welcome!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/22/all-dead-mormons-are-gay_n_1294441.html

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Website Converts the Souls of Deceased Mormons Into Gay Souls of Deceased Mormons

February 22, 2012

Gawker

A handful of Mormons, the Mormon they call Romney specifically, have been in hot water for supposedly performing “proxy Baptisms” on Jews who died in the Holocaust. But with the advent of a new website, aptly named “All Dead Mormons Are Now Gay,” you can perform your own proxy conversion and turn a deceased Mormon into a gay one.

Simply enter the name of the dearly departed Mormon of your choice, select “convert,” and voila, thy ghost hath been converted into a homosexual. I don’t like being put on the spot, so I selected for the “Choose-a-Mormon” option, which generates a Mormon- a Mormon named Barbara Anderson in my case- for you. Select carefully before converting; a notice on the site warns, “No take-backs.”

http://gawker.com/5887386/website-converts-the-souls-of-deceased-mormons-into-gay-souls-of-deceased-mormons

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Convert Dead Mormons To Homosexuality For Eternity!

February 22, 2012

Instinct

Sadly, countless Mormons passed away in those dark days before Siri or Facebook Events or Twitter could keep them updated on the homosezzual agenda. But hark! Thanks to an ingenious new website, those of the homosexual faith can now utilize the Mormon practice of proxy baptism to save dead followers’ souls with the guiding flame of eternal gayness!

Visitors to AllDeadMormonsAreNowGay.com can easily enter the name of a cherished dead Mormon they know or have the system select a name for them from a database. After about as much effort as Mormons put forth when they convert the deceased into the faith’s ranks, the departed will forever be fairies. Rest in peace!

http://instinctmagazine.com/blogs/blog/convert-dead-mormons-to-homosexuality-for-eternity?directory=100011

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Website: Make a Mormon “Gay for Eternity”

February 22, 2012

Advocate

Amid the uproar about Mormons baptizing the deceased into their faith by proxy, there’s now an opportunity to convert deceased Mormons to gay.

It’s highly unofficial, but at the website All Dead Mormons Are Now Gay, you can enter the name of a late Mormon of your choice, or find a name if you don’t know any, and click “convert” to make the person “gay for eternity,” the site promises.

The denomination, formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has long been known to perform what it calls “proxy baptisms” of non-Mormons after death, but it has come under particular criticism recently when it was revealed it had posthumously baptized Rosa Wiesenthal, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust and mother of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, and her husband, Asher Wiesenthal, who was killed in action in World War I. Proxy baptisms of people who died in the Holocaust are against LDS policy, but a church member nonetheless performed the procedure for the Wiesenthals. LDS officials have apologized and disciplined the member.

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2012/02/22/Website_Make_a_Mormon_Gay_for_Eternity/

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Mormons, race, baptizing the dead and some links

February 22, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio

We didn’t get to two controversial topics while discussing Mormonism on the radio today.

Here’s producer Alex DiPalma’s report. She manned the phones:

Several callers during this morning’s program on Mormonism and politics raised the question of racism within the Mormon faith. Many were disappointed that the topic wasn’t addressed during the show. So were we.

One caller pointed out there is no question that the LDS Church has a racist past. Our guest Joanna Brooks agrees. But how has that racist past evolved, and what does it look like today? Here’s what she has to say.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/daily_circuit/archive/2012/02/mormons-race-baptizing-the-dead-and-some-links.shtml?refid=0

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Mormons, contraception, and Santorum: will Rick be ‘pierced’ by Macfarlane’s ‘sword’?

February 23, 2012

Renew America

In Pierced by the Sword, John Lanning, after being granted his vision of hell, is brought back to life, and almost immediately converts to Catholicism — and then exposes Mormonism as the dangerous cult it really is. The LDS’s million-dollar smear campaign on him does little damage to the media-savvy Lanning, so finally, while he is converting thousands of Mormons on the streets of Salt Lake City during the great Tribulation, he is assassinated by one of the Council of Fifty (the LDS’s shadow government/police force) and later, when only the faithful remnant remain on earth, Lanning is declared a saint. Granted, the Romney camp is thus far only guilty of a multi-million dollar character assassination of Santorum (and the others) but their smear not only gives credence to the belief that Mormons will do anything necessary (including outright lies) to win you over, but adds a certain poignancy to Rick’s seemingly silly commercial, where a figure who looks a lot like Romney is trying to shoot Santorum — only to find that Rick has tricked him and he is really shooting at a cardboard cutout of his Catholic nemesis.

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/otoole/120223

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A Lutheran bishop’s perspective on Mormon baptism for the dead

February 22, 2012

Deseret News (Utah)

The Latter-day Saint practice of vicarious baptism on behalf of the dead is once again a focus of controversy. In the past few weeks, it’s been portrayed in the news media and on the web as unbiblical, ghoulish, bizarre, shameful, vicious, anti-Semitic, immoral, hateful, an exercise in “black magic” and (by some extremists) possibly even illegal. A national television commentator recently named President Thomas S. Monson among “the worst people in the world” for presiding over the practice.

It’s high time for the view of a very respected non-Mormon scholar to be heard above the noise.

Around 1990, on behalf of his fellow editors for the then-forthcoming “Encyclopedia of Mormonism,” the late Truman Madsen contacted an eminent New Testament scholar named Krister Stendahl. Professor Stendahl had served, by this time, as chaplain and dean of Harvard Divinity School and as the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm (i.e., effectively, as the head of the state church of Sweden), and was also known for his contributions to Jewish/Christian dialogue. Professor Madsen invited Stendahl, a personal friend, to contribute a brief article on baptism for the dead in early Christianity.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765553203/A-Lutheran-bishops-perspective-on-Mormon-baptism-for-the-dead.html

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Elizabeth Smart Wedding: Details Of Smart’s Nuptials To Matthew Gilmour

February 22, 2012

Huffington Post

Despite rumors of an early summer wedding, former kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart and her boyfriend of one year, Matthew Gilmour, tied the knot on Saturday in Hawaii.

The couple exchanged vows at the Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon temple, on the island of Oahu. The wedding was small and intimate, with only close family and friends in attendance.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/22/elizabeth-smart-wedding-s_n_1294353.html

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir organist coming to LVC

February 22, 2012

Lebanon Daily News (Pennsylvania)

Richard Elliott, principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will lead three days of master classes at Lebanon Valley College starting Friday and a public performance in Miller Chapel at 3 p.m. Sunday.

A class with the five LVC organ majors – Charles Grove, Dwight Weaver, Justin Weilnau, Dillon Streifeneder and Tyler Canonico – will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in Miller Chapel, according to a news release. A workshop focusing on anthem accompanying will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Miller Chapel.

http://www.ldnews.com/lebanonnews/ci_20015951

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GU students promote good cheer heading into BYU game

February 22, 2012

Spokesman-Review (Washington)

With so much riding on tonight’s basketball game, Bulldog fans might be expected to raise a few derisive howls against conference rival Brigham Young University, but a Gonzaga University business class has taken upon itself the task of toning down remarks targeting Mormons.

“We’re known for cheering against other teams, but we don’t need to bring it to a level that involves discrimination,” said Jordyn Pillatzke, a student in GU’s Hate Studies in Business class. “Making fun of the Mormons and their values – it’s something that doesn’t need to take place on the basketball court.”

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/feb/23/students-promote-good-cheer/

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Arizona House approves bill for Bible course

February 22, 2012

ABC 15 (Arizona)

Defending the bill, and Proud’s work on it, House Education Chairwoman Doris Goodale said the proposed course would explore how the Bible influenced American society and culture.

“It is not religion,” said Goodale, R-Kingman.

Rep. Ed Ableser, a Tempe Democrat who is Mormon, unsuccessfully tried to have the bill expanded to include the Book of Mormon and other Mormon scriptures.

“I feel that many children have a right to learn about that as well and receive credit,” Ableser said.

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/now/arizona-house-approves-bill-for-bible-course

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