Archive for Friday, February 24, 2012

Claim surfaces that Mormons baptized Anne Frank after death

February 24, 2012


— A new claim has surfaced that the Mormon church has posthumously baptized a Holocaust victim, this time Anne Frank.

The allegations come just a week after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apologized when it was brought to light that the parents of Holocaust survivor and Jewish rights advocate Simon Wiesenthal were posthumously baptized by church members at temples in Arizona and Utah in late January.

Researcher Helen Radkey, a former Mormon who revealed the Wiesenthal baptisms, said this week she found Frank’s name in proxy baptism records dated Feb. 18, showing the ritual was performed in the Santo Domingo Temple in the Dominican Republic.

The Mormon church almost immediately issued a statement, though it didn’t mention Frank by name.

“The Church keeps its word and is absolutely firm in its commitment to not accept the names of Holocaust victims for proxy baptism,” the Salt Lake City-based church said. “It is distressing when an individual willfully violates the Church’s policy and something that should be understood to be an offering based on love and respect becomes a source of contention.”

Church officials did not return telephone calls and emails from The Associated Press on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam declined comment.

Larry Bair, the president of the Mormon temple of Santo Domingo, said Thursday he had looked into the reports but was unable to verify that Frank had been baptized.

If it did occur, Bair told the AP, “it was a mistake.”

Frank was a Jewish teenager forced into hiding in Amsterdam during the Holocaust and killed in a concentration camp. Her diary was published in 1947.

The news infuriated Jewish leaders, who said the church had previously agreed to bar the process of baptizing Holocaust victims but has failed to follow through by educating its members.


thuja 6 years, 4 months ago

“It is distressing when an individual willfully violates the Church’s policy and something that should be understood to be an offering based on love and respect becomes a source of contention.”

That line sums up the lunacy of organized religion.

Religion is the biggest source of contention on this planet, fools.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 3 months ago

While I agree that religion may be the greatest source of contention on this planet, it is also probably the greatest source of comfort as well. While more people have died because of religion, it also has established moral guidelines that we all benefit from.
Religion may be the greatest evil man has ever devised while simultaneously being the greatest good that man has ever devised. Funny thing, that religion.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

+1 gods can be pretty cool sometimes; 'religion' can suck because people get involved.

ThePilgrim 6 years, 4 months ago

Mormons have a religious practice of "baptising" dead people. It is symbolic; someone stands in for the person. It is usually used to symbolically "baptize" long dead relatives or ones that didn't believe in the Mormon religion. Hence the Mormon's fascination with Ancestry. Its one of the goofier things that Mormons believe. This story makes it sound like they dig up dea people and immerse them or sprinkle stuff on their graves. No, they didn't get Anne Frank's body, or sprinkle stuff on Jews' graves.

voevoda 6 years, 3 months ago

Off the topic. And blasphemous. Shame on you, its_just_math.

ivalueamerica 6 years, 4 months ago

This is hardly news, the LDS constantly baptize people after death from all faiths. All it takes is one person to have even the slightest blood relation within the cult to baptize people into the faith.

A list of some people there were Baptized by proxy include

Everyone who signed the Declaration of Independence EXCEPT John Hancock and William Floyd Sigmond Freud Albert Einstein Golda Meir Adolph Hitler William Shakespear Abraham Lincoln Paul Revere Leo Tolstoy Most US presidents and many of their direct family through the 1930's.

Their women can not get into heaven unless their men give them a secret password, but he can change it and not tell them, leaving them surprised at heaven's gate.

Secret symbols in their sacred underwear

non whites were not worthy in the church until the 1970's

Sudden visions from their Prophets at interesting times. Within 7 days of receiving a letter that UTAH would not be admitted as a state if they allowed Polygamy, the Prophet received a vision that Polygamy was no longer acceptable When Brigham Young received a letter saying that if their University did not integrate, they would be kicked out of the NCAA, within 48 hours, a vision came that it was time to allow non-whites in the church.

I dated an LDS for a while and became fascinated with their cult..I could go on and on. I believe that they cause great psychological harm to children within their system and therefore cross the line from a chosen faith to a dangerous cult.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

"Secret symbols in their sacred underwear." === This has always interested me. Anyone know the history of the magic underwear? This is about all I could find: "Joseph Smith introduced the wearing of sacred undergarments in 1842. On May 4th of that year, Smith initiated nine men into his inner circle called the Holy Order, the Quorum, the Holy Order of the Holy Priesthood or the Quorum of the Anointed (it will heretofore be referred to as the Holy Order). In addition to body washing and anointing, each member of the Holy Order received sacred garments patterned after 19th Century longjohns. These garments were originally unbleached cotton cloth that covered the body from the ankles to the wrists. Ceremonial markings were snipped into the cloth in a way that kept them hidden from those who had not witnessed the ritual. Read more: What Are the Mormon Undergarments? |"

Richard Payton 6 years, 4 months ago

Those Mormon's that do this have to be temple approved by their bishop. Meaning they have lived according to the gospel and tithe the church. I wonder if they have baptized the people that died during 9/11on that tragic day? Mormons I know are caring people for the most part. I do think baptism for the dead is strange and that's one reason I'm know longer a Mormon. I now attend the Methodist Church which is more in tuned to my thinking.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 3 months ago

Good point. Mormons have some ideas that seem outside the mainstream, but they do much good work and many of them, Romney included, seem to live good lives and practice what they preach. If Romney gets elected I hope his religion is not an issue; it shouldn't be.

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