I caught this story in an Idaho paper about the Catholic Church banning Mormons from getting a hold of their registries. Apparently they aren’t too keen of Mormons baptizing them posthumously either. Maybe it’s time for the LDS religion to give up on this completely inane practice and put their membership to use doing more useful things – like feeding the hungry.
I was talking to a couple of students last night about a project we are working on together when the idea of baptisms for the dead came up. Both students are very secular and were basically dumbfounded by the description I gave of the practice. They asked all the right questions:
- So, they are getting baptized for people to get them out of spirit prison, right? Yep.
- How do they know if they accepted it? They don’t.
- So, they get baptized for everyone who ever lived? Yep.
- Including Holocaust victims? Yep.
- What about all the people who they can’t find geneologically? They claim it will be revealed to them one day, but that’s kind of funny since it would just make more sense to wait for the revelations and just dunk people then.
- Will they baptize me when I’m gone? Yep.
- Who wouldn’t accept a baptism in spirit prison when it’s obvious that you’re being visited by Mormon missionaries? I have no idea.
- Bizarre. (not a question, but I still answered) Yep.
I say turn the temples into homeless shelters!