By: Robin Murray-o'hair Re: Re: Mormons to Halt Posthumous Baptisms MORMONS TO HALT POSTHU

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By: Robin Murray-o'hair Re: Re: Mormons to Halt Posthumous Baptisms MORMONS TO HALT POSTHUMOUS BAPTISMS Families of Holocaust Survivors are "Outraged" that LDS Continued Bizarre Practice Even After 1991 Ban by Conrad F. Goeringer In the ongoing battle for souls, the Mormon Church ("Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" or LDS) reached an agreement this past Friday (4/28) with Jewish groups and relatives who say that deceased family members -- victims of the Nazi holocaust -- were posthumously baptized. The Mormons believe that a spirit survives death, and can be "baptized" for salvation into the "true Church of Jesus Christ." But the relatives of holocaust survivors see it as an insult. Associated Press quoted Ernest Michel, head of a survivor groups, as opining "I am a Holocaust survivor, and I found my grandmother, uncles, aunts and friends had been baptized. That, to me, I found totally unacceptable. I was incensed when I found out about it." The LDS supposedly ended this strange ritual in March 1991, on orders from the church's ruling body known as the First Presidency. But an investigation has revealed that the ban was violated; this fact surfaced when a newspaper reported that a concentration camp victim killed in France had been baptized posthumously into the Mormon church. Under the new agreement, baptisms of the dead who are not related to living church members will cease, and the next issue of the church-run International Genealogical Index will not have the names of all known posthumously baptized Jewish holocaust victims. Which raises an interesting question for theologians and "church scholars" -- once the names are removed, are those folks kicked out of heaven? --30-- * WCE 2.0/2394 * One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.

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