Famed Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel took exception this week to the fact that the Mormons were about to secretly baptize his dead parents into Mormonism without his knowledge or consent. It's something they've been doing for years to everyone of all faiths, with a particular focus on Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The Jewish leadership had a problem with this practice, and got the Mormons to promise in 1995 that they would stop.
Guess what, they didn't stop. And now keep getting caught again, and again, and again.
Anyone who has a child knows that by the tenth time they break their promise, they never really intended to keep the promise in the first place.
Wiesel was particularly upset that the Mormons lump Jews killed in the Holocaust, and their ancestors, in with Hitler and Stalin - all are equal prospects for secret forced posthumous baptism. Wiesel told MSNBC in the video below: "But really, to put us in the same category as Stalin and Hitler... really?" In addition to having posthumously converted Stalin and Hitler to Mormonism (boy, imagine that "I'm a Mormon" ad campaign), they also secretly converted Anne Frank, Barack Obama's mother (and possibly his ancestors), and they were planning to take Wiesel's parents until he went public.
In their defense, the Mormons say the dead are free to reject the forced secret baptism. I wonder how many dead have sat up and told the Mormons, "No means no." Heck, I'd like to the Mormons to give us a list of all the dead who said "no," since they're pretending that this is a viable option. The list should be illuminating.
The Washington Post quotes Wiesel calling on Mitt Romney, who has himself conducted posthumous baptisms of God knows who (he can't, or won't, say whether he ever secretly converted Holocaust victims, or for that matter, Stalin or Hitler), to speak out against the practice:
Romney “is now the most famous and important Mormon in the country,” Wiesel said. “I’m not saying it’s his fault, but once he knows, morally he must respond. . . . He should come out and say, ‘Stop it.’ ”Interestingly, Romney was asked about the practice a few years ago and refused to speak out against it.
Here's Wiesel on MSNBC: