Mitt Romney and baptizing the dead

  • Article by: SUSAN HOGAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 16, 2012 - 9:18 AM

Five years ago, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Newsweek magazine that he’d participated in Mormon ceremonies to baptize the dead. He didn’t name names.

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ruphinaFeb. 16, 12 9:38 AM

It is really only a controversy in the minds of those opposed to Romney, and you weren't going to vote for him anyway. If you don't believe in Mormonism, then the baptism is meaningless, and only helps soothes the soul of those doing the rite. If we are supposed to be tolerant of atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and all other religions and anti-religious persons, then we must also let this go, as it has NO ACTUAL effect on any living person. Bill G.

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beveryafraidFeb. 16, 12 9:44 AM

How is baptizing the dead any more offensive than an unwelcome, sanctimonious, smug "I'll pray for you"?

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drichmnFeb. 16, 1210:14 AM

"as it has NO ACTUAL effect on any living person." .... Amazing that you think you can speak for other people. It obviously had an affect on Elie Wiesel.

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noggnbloggnFeb. 16, 1210:28 AM

Tempest in a teapot. Romney's beliefs, or those of the Church of Mormon, in general, are not shared by anyone who is not a Mormon -- no different than anyone who is not a Jew, Muslim, Protestant, or Catholic, etc . So what? That is the point of freedom of religion, that we all are free to practice religion based on our beliefs, if it does no civil harm. This is just an attempt to discredit Romney, using his religion as a club to prejudice voters. How was/is Obama's support of Rev. Wright for 20 some years easily dismissed, when it is in direct conflict with the values of a majority of American voters? That was all ignored by our press, as should this topic for Romney -- unless they want to admit that they apply a double standard.

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noggnbloggnFeb. 16, 1210:38 AM

There is a similar practice where some religions pray for the dead, in hopes that they make it through Purgatory, and are judged acceptable for entrance into heaven. Other religions do not believe this is necessary, that God accepts those who believe in Him and accept Christ as his Son, no assistance necessary. Many, many, many differing belief systems and different political hierarchies exist today. Focusing on our differences is less important than focussing on our similarities, the things which bind a society (and world) together. Values transcend religion, in my opinion. This whole issue re: Romney is petty.

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guest0001Feb. 16, 1210:44 AM

"Even so, this controversy never seems to die" Especially with stories like this... “Mormons baptize people posthumously to allow them the “opportunity” to embrace the faith in the afterlife.” Why put opportunity in quotes? Do you really think that we want to force someone into a faith they don’t want to live? Are we that monstrous to you? What gets me is that most Jews don't believe in an afterlife at all (unless I am mistaken. If I am, please excuse me). So as bad as it seems, I can only think of one reason as to why Jews would be offended - because we are not remembering their ancestors in the way that they dictate. So while I empathize with Jews' feelings - the Holocaust is such an emotional topic - and I agree that the proxy baptism of Holocaust victims/survivors is unwise, I don't understand the invective.

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drichmnFeb. 16, 1211:10 AM

"I don't understand the invective." ... what invective? Putting opportunity in quotes is invective? Quite a reach.

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noggnbloggnFeb. 16, 1211:11 AM

There is a similar practice where some religions pray for the dead, in hopes that they make it through Purgatory, and are judged acceptable for entrance into heaven. Other religions do not believe this is necessary, that God accepts those who believe in Him and accept Christ as his Son, no assistance necessary. Many, many, many differing belief systems and different political hierarchies exist today. Focusing on our differences is less important than focussing on our similarities, the things which bind a society (and world) together. Values transcend religion, in my opinion. This whole issue re: Romney is petty.

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davesalmonsoFeb. 16, 1211:14 AM

I'll try to explain this again. Freedom of religion does not give one religious group the right to force their religion on other people. As for not hurting anyone, what about the living relatives of the dead person being baptized without the consent of the person or their relatives?

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drichmnFeb. 16, 1211:17 AM

"That is the point of freedom of religion, that we all are free to practice religion based on our beliefs" .... ah yes, those silly Jews, objecting to their ancestors being baptized into a faith they didn't believe in. How intolerant of them. It's against the Mormons freedom of religion to do that, who cares about the Jews freedom of their religion. Freedom of religion only counts if it's a Christian religion anyway. Oh wait, Mormons aren't Christians. Isn't that what the Evangelicals say? Climb aboard Glenn Beck's new train: We are all Catholics now. And if you're not--well, the Bishops will make sure you follow their religious beliefs anyway.

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