Should Mitt Romney tell the Mormon Church to stop performing Mormon baptisms on dead Jews?
Mitt Romney is keeping his mouth shut about controversial Mormon baptisms of
dead Jews, even though Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has
demanded he speak up. A researcher discovered that the late parents of famed Nazi-hunter Simon
Wiesenthal were baptized in Mormon ceremonies in Utah and Arizona last
month. "Can you believe it?" a stunned Wiesel asked on MSNBC yesterday. Wiesel was also placed on
the Mormon to-be-baptized list. "How come he hasn't spoken up?" asked Wiesel.
"The moment he heard about this he should have spoken up because he's running
for the presidency of the United States. This is too serious an issue for him
not to have spoken up." In an earlier interview with the Huffington Post, Wiesel said
Romney should encourage his church to end the practice. "I think it's not only
objectionable, it's scandalous," he said.
The Mormons believe people
can be baptized after death, and baptized hundreds of thousands of Holocaust
victims until they agreed to stop the practice in 1995. They have also baptized
Anne Frank, Josef Stalin, and Adolph Hitler, notes MSNBC. Romney is refusing to
discuss the issue and his campaign is referring all questions to the Mormon
church. A Mormon spokesman apologized for the baptisms of Wiesenthal's parents,
and promised Wiesel that he and his family members won't be baptized. How do you
stay off the Mormons' to-be-baptized list? You can't really, says Slate. Technically, Mormons
are only supposed to baptize ancestors, but obviously that has been loosely
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