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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Mormons limit genealogical access to stop baptisms of Shoah victims

By Daniel Treiman, JTA March 9, 2012

The Mormon Church is restricting access to its genealogical records relating to Holocaust victims in a move to protect their names for posthumous baptisms. "The church is committed to preventing the misguided practice of submitting the names of Holocaust...

Mormon letter warns members to stop proxy baptisms

JTA March 4, 2012

A letter to be read in all Mormon churches warns members to stop all unauthorized posthumous baptisms, including those of Holocaust survivors. The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the highest governing body of the Mormon...

Daniel Pearl posthumously baptized in Mormon rite

JTA February 29, 2012

Daniel Pearl was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual in another case of a prominent deceased Jew discovered to have been baptized posthumously in recent weeks. Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and executed by terrorists in Pakistan in February...

Anne Frank baptized in Mormon proxy ritual

JTA February 22, 2012

Anne Frank was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual, at least the third Holocaust victim discovered to have been baptized posthumously this month. The ceremony reportedly took place last weekend in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in...

Wiesel: Romney should speak out about proxy baptisms

JTA February 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel said Mitt Romney should speak up about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' practice of posthumous baptisms. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Wiesel said that Romney, the front-runner...

Mormon church apologizes for proxy baptism of Wiesenthal’s parents

JTA February 14, 2012

The Mormon church has apologized for the posthumous baptism of the parents of Simon Wiesenthal. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last month submitted the names of Wiesenthal's parents for posthumous baptism, the Salt Lake Tribune...

Editorial: Full Faith, No Credit

October 12, 2011

Rev. Robert Jeffress, a prominent Texas Evangelical pastor, stirred up more than a political hornet's nest last week at a conservative "Voters Values Summit," where he introduced Texas Gov. Rick Perry as a "genuine follower of Jesus Christ," a comment...

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