LDS in trouble with Holocaust Victims (baptising their dead)

Mormon database may have kept names

Associated Press, Jerusalem Post

—-This is an older story (2006) I am very interested in why the Evangelical Far Right is in Mitt’s corner, and these are the same people who suddenly love Jews. Yeah, it’s relevant.

Jewish leaders in a dispute with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over its practice of posthumous baptisms (baptisms for the dead) say there is new evidence that the names of Jewish Holocaust victims continue to show up in the church’s vast genealogical database, (against the wishes of Holocaust Survivors)

“We’ve been dealing with it for 11 years, since 1995, and we continue to deal with it,” said Ernest Michel, a Holocaust survivor and founding member of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

A cross-referencing of more than 1,500 Dutch Jews whose names should have been deleted from the church’s International Genealogical Index remain in the database, Michel said.

Posthumous baptism is a sacred rite practiced in Mormon church temples for the purpose of offering membership in the church to the deceased. Church members are encouraged to conduct family genealogy research and forward their ancestors’ names for baptism.

Church President Gordon B. Hinckley has said the baptismal rite is only an offer of membership that can be rejected in the afterlife by individuals.

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