Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor who has inspired millions in the fight for tolerance and against antisemitism has called out Republican candidate Mitt Romney telling him he “should speak to his own church and say they should stop” performing posthumous proxy baptisms on Jews.
Weisel, who is a Nobel Prize winner, was interviewed about the subject for the Huffington Post,
He said that he has spent years and hundreds of man hours with many Jewish and other religious leaders to stop the practice of performing baptisms on people after they are dead.
“I think it’s scandalous. Not only objectionable, it’s scandalous,”
Negotiations between Mormon and Jewish leaders led to an agreement in 1995 for the church to stop the posthumous baptism of all Jews, except in the case of direct ancestors of Mormons. unfortunately there is evidence that the Church has members who are not adhering to the agreement. Weisel says that the Church has already performed posthumous baptisms for more than 650,000 dead Holocaust victims.
Weisel says the practice is so abhorrent that it goes beyond a personal religious choice and that leaders should speak out. He said about Romney,
“I wonder if as a candidate for the presidency Mitt Romney is aware of what his church is doing. I hope that if he hears about this that he will speak up,”
Supporters of Romney have accused the media of linking him to controversial church practices but ignore it when others do it. To me that is an awful excuse but whatever Mitt says these days. Mitt has admitted to posthumously baptizing his dead father in law who was a fervent atheist and had a huge hatred of organized religion.
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