Mormons Baptize Anne Frank Again: What is Posthumous Baptism?
Mormon Church Keeps Baptizing Anne Frank
After promising not to, the Church of Latter Day Saints has (once again) given Anne Frank a posthumous baptism.This is not the first time, either: Anne Frank's name has been run through the posthumous-baptism wringer at least nine times over the years.
What is Posthumous Baptism?
Posthumous baptism is pretty much what it sounds like: initiating a deceased person into the Mormon church. This is done via a living proxy at a dedicated Mormon temple. This process was created to answer the question, "What about people who lived and died before there was such a thing as Christianity (or, more to the point, the LDS Church)?"
The problem, obviously, is that a dead person can't actually submit to baptism, by dint of being dead: the ritual fails to engage the subject of the baptism.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints supposedly has a policy against baptizing Holocaust victims; we say "supposedly" because they keep doing it, i.e. Simon Weisenthal; as well as Elie Weisel's father and grandfather, and US President Barack Obama's mother.
Elie Weisel called out Mitt Romney, who donates millions of dollars to the Mormon Church, on the issue, but has yet to get a response.
Though the church regularly conducts proxy baptisms for dead, in what it calls an attempt to give everyone a chance to accept salvation through Jesus, it has a 1990s-era policy against conducting such baptisms for Holocaust victims.
It is patently offensive to rebrand someone who was murdered because they were Jewish, as Mormon. This is arguable for any deceased person of non-LDS religious persuasion, if you think about it.
Making fun of the general notion of baptizing someone who is already dead, certain pranksters have launched All Dead Mormons are Now Gay, which allows users to turn dead LDS churchmembers into posthumous homosexuals.
Attention, Mormons: Look, Anne Frank died at age 15 in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. Anne Frank had no children, ergo none of you are her descendants. You cannot baptize her posthumously. Maybe you mean well, but just let it go.
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