So the Mormons have now attempted to steal the souls of the parents of famed Nazi hunter, the late Simon Weisenthal, just like they tried to steal the soul of thousands of victims of the Holocaust, including Anne Frank, and even such people as Barack Obama's late mother, who was "conicidentally" baptized only months before the 2008 presidential election. From NPR:
[T]he discovery in 1992 of the names of thousands of victims of the holocaust prompted protests from Jewish groups and a series of meetings between Jewish and Mormon leaders.So it's been 20 years now that the Jews first begged, then demanded, that the Mormons stop secretly baptizing Holocaust victims, and the Mormons just haven't been able to fix the problem - AFTER TWENTY YEARS. Mind you, the Mormons promised to stop baptizing all Jews, unless they're direct ancestors of Mormons, back in 1995. Oops.
The Mormon Church responded by promising to purge its baptism rolls of holocaust victims and urge members to limit baptisms to relatives. But the unwelcome baptisms continued.
"This is an issue that doesn't go away," Cooper says. "There needs to be internal reflection on the [Mormon] thinking that takes names like Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel and Simon Wiesenthal's parents and says, 'these souls have to be saved.'"
Genealogical researchers discovered in Mormon baptism records the name of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who chronicled her family's hiding from the Nazis before being captured and sent to Auschwitz.
The Wiesenthal Center says the father and grandfather of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel were recently listed in a Mormon database that makes them available for baptism. Wiesel survived Auschwitz but his father died there before the concentration camp was liberated.
At some point, if you've been repeatedly asked to do something, and you still don't do it after being asked again and again and again, and then twenty years pass, and you're still doing it (even though you said you stopped) - you lose the ability to say "sorry," because you're obviously just a liar.
Oh, and here's a new line from the Mormons:
"This baptism is not binding on [the dead] unless they accept it," [Mormon Apostle Quentin] Cook continued. "They're given the opportunity. So, we consider this a great effort of love."Well that's a new one. In the past, the Mormons have usually responded that the dead have the option to "opt out." And I've always noted that I've never heard of a dead person opting out of (or for that matter, in to) anything. Now the Mormons are saying that the dead must "opt in" or the baptism doesn't fix.
(In fact, I did some research and it seems the official church sites say the dead have the option to opt in OR opt out. That's a bit of an odd way to put it. The option to opt out? What happens if the dead don't affirmatively choose the option to "opt out"? It's one thing to say you can choose to opt in if you want (I still think it's an offensive practice), but it's quite another when you add in "opt out." That means something happens if you don't opt out.))
I'd love to hear the Mormons explain how they "know" the choices that dead people make after they're dead. (Also note that Quentin Cook doesn't even mention the part about "opting out.")
Let's put aside for a moment the fact that the Mormons seem to have an ever-changing story about their spiritual grave-robbing. If the Mormons now claim that they give the dead the choice to say "yes" to the baptism, why don't they just offer the baptism to the living, who we know actually have a choice? Perhaps because the living would say no?
Speaking of Mormon soul stealing, did you know that Mormon Bishop Mitt Romney has himself conducted baptisms for the dead? From Andrea Stone at HuffPo:
In 2007, when Romney made his first run for the Republican nomination, NECN in Hartford, Conn., asked him about baptizing the dead. He said he is "not a cafeteria Mormon" and adheres to all tenets of his faith. But Romney, a former bishop and top church official in Boston, referred specific questions to religious leaders.I'd be curious to know if Mitt Romney forcibly converted any Jews, and especially Holocaust victims. (Or any Baptists, for that matter.) Perhaps someone should ask him.
When Newsweek magazine asked Romney if he personally had performed posthumous baptisms on anyone, author Jonathan Darman wrote, "he looked slightly startled and answered, 'I have in my life, but I haven't recently.' The awareness of how odd this will sound to many Americans is what makes Romney hesitant to elaborate on the Mormon question."
There was no mention, and it is not known, whether the people that Romney personally baptized were Jewish.
Requests for comment by Romney campaign and the Mormon Church were not answered.