Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mormons Repeatedly Violate Agreement To Stop Posthumous Baptism of Holocaust Victims

AP is reporting that Mormons have repeatedly been ignoring a 13-year-old agreement to stop posthumous baptism of Holocaust victims. The Mormons claim they are making it more difficult to do this, but they haven't stopped. A representative of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, Ernest Michel, said the group is finished with attempts to negotiate with Mormons. Making it more difficult is not enough. They want the Mormons to reverse what they have done.

The Mormon practice of posthumous baptism extends to all people, not just Holocaust Survivors. Last May the Vatican ordered Catholic dioceses worldwide to refuse giving member lists to the Mormons in an attempt to prevent posthumous baptisms of Catholics.

"Baptism of a Jewish Holocaust victim and then merely removing that name from the database is just not acceptable," said Michel, whose parents died at Auschwitz. He spoke on the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi-incited riots against Jews.

"We ask you to respect us and our Judaism just as we respect your religion," Michel said in a statement released ahead of the news conference. "We ask you to leave our six million Jews, all victims of the Holocaust, alone, they suffered enough."

There is additional information in a Salt Lake Tribune article.