Actually, I lie, but I’m sure that got someone’s attention. The Visitors happens to be one of the first Jack Chick tracts I ever came across and I thought it was hilarious.
Jewish folk aren’t laughing right now, though. Mormons have this proxy baptism thing they’ll do to ensure that one’s ancestors get to hang out in holy heaven with all their moron… er, Mormon offspring. They have some method of making people who died years and years ago into Mormons. It seems to involve a Mormon going through the baptism ritual as a stand-in.
Hence the issue for the Jews. They don’t want Holocaust victims to be Mormons.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say they are making changes to their massive genealogical database to make it more difficult for names of Holocaust victims to be entered for posthumous baptism by proxy, a rite that has been a common Mormon practice for more than a century.
But Ernest Michel, honorary chairman of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, said that is not enough. At a news conference in New York City on Monday, he said the church also must “implement a mechanism to undo what you have done.”
“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.”
Michel fears that combined with this proxy service and the genealogy tweaking, the impact of history will be lost. They died because they were Jews. They should remain known to the world as they were.
Michel suggested that posthumous baptisms of Holocaust victims play into the hands of Holocaust deniers.
“They tell me, that my parents’ Jewishness has not been altered but … 100 years from now, how will they be able to guarantee that my mother and father of blessed memory who lived as Jews and were slaughtered by Hitler for no other reason than they were Jews, will someday not be identified as Mormon victims of the Holocaust?” Michel said Monday.
The LDS hopes a new version of the genealogy database will solve the problem because it’s supposed to add an exemption flag in these situations.
Catholics have also been getting baptized after death but in May the Vatican ordered dioceses all over the world to keep their records from getting into the hot little Mormon hands.
Those crazy little Mormons. Is there anything they won’t do?