Mormons Proxy Baptize Ghandi

The great civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi was posthumously baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Ghandi, a devout Hindu, was baptized by proxy in 1996 and the baptism confirmed nine years later according to t researcher Helen Radkey, an excommunicated Mormon. The Times of India reports Radkey

viewed the record on baptism of Gandhi on February 16 but it had since disappeared and was no longer available in the database of the church.

Regarding the proxy baptism, Arun Gandhi, a grandson of Gandhi said:

That’s not the right thing to do,

adding that his grandfather opposed religious proselytizing.

Oh heck, since Mormons spend a great deal of time identifying their ancestors in order to arrange for dead dunking, those  Mormon genealogical records should get put to some good use –like justifying proxy baptism for such important cultural and religious figures like  Anton LaVey and Aleister Crowley.


Monkees Davy Jones Dead, Mormons Mum on Proxy Baptism


Monkees lead singer Davy Jones has taken the last  train to Clarksville, and for fans of the iconic 60s band, it’s become an un-Pleasant Valley Wednesday as news of the singer’s death at age 66 from a massive heart attack hit Facebook. The Monkees were formed in 1966 as for-television version of the Beatles. Though a created band, the group–which included Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork–fought for the right to control the music put out under their names.

Though the Monkees series only ran for two seasons on television, the band continued to record and perform through 1970–at one point the Jimi Hendrix Experience was the group’s opening act–and making the commercial flop/cult favorite movie HEAD with Jack Nicholson, and their songs left an indelible impression on young fans and generations to come, with MTV and Nickelodeon spawning an outbreak of Monkees fever. The group reunited and toured as recently as the summer of 2011.

No word yet if the Mormons plan to baptize Jones.

Bandmate Michael Nesmith posted this on his Facebook page:

All the lovely people. Where do they all come from? So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don’t know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don’t exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity.

That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane.

David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us.

I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.

Mormons Posthumously Baptized Slain Reporter Daniel Pearl

The Mormon practice of baptizing dead people who aren’t Mormons has just hit a new low.  Last week it was revealed that Anne Frank was posthumously baptized for the  ninth time, and now the Boston Globe reports that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and slain by Islamic terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002, was posthumously baptized in June, 2011. The proxy baptism  was conducted in a Mormon temple in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Pearl’s family was not notified of his forced afterlife conversion at the time, and only learned of it from the Globe. Pearl’s widow Mariane said the baptism showed

lack of respect for Danny and a lack of respect for his parents

while his mother said,

As a matter of ethics, I think it’s wrong.

Mormons are technically only supposed to proxy baptize family members into the faith, one of the main reasons for church’s maintenance of detailed genealogical records.  According to church officials, Pearl’s baptism was a

serious breach of protocol

because it was not performed by a relative.  Anne Frank’s ninth baptism occurred in the Dominican Republic. It seems unlikely that any of her relatives were involved in the ceremony, which involves teenage Mormons taking the name of the deceased before being dunked in a pool supported by carvings of twelve oxen which represent the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The purpose of proxy baptism is to allow the souls of the deceased to meet up with their kin in the afterlife and populate that family’s specific part of heaven on their own planet. Mormon’s claim that

the baptized can choose in the afterlife whether to accept salvation and join the church as Mormons,

but given the unknown geography of the afterlife, it is unclear how and if the deceased would be able to express their opinion, and where they would go if they chose not to live in Mormon Heaven with their adoptive family.

In response to Mormon proxy baptism, a website has set up to convert all dead Mormons to gay, and conservative talk show host Stephen Colbert proxy converted all dead Mormons to Judaism by performing a bris (circumcision) on a hotdog.

The increasing exposure of the Mormon addiction to dunking dead people against their families’ wishes could cause a Mittstorm for  GOP hopeful Willard Romney, who is a staunch adherent to Mormonism, since posthumously baptizing people without their families’ consent looks selfish and creepy, and raises questions about imposing one’s faith on another.