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Mitt's wife Ann converted to Mormonism when she was 17 years old, shortly after she had started dating her husband-to-be.
Because Mitt was in France doing his missionary work at the time, his father George Romney helped usher Ann into the religion and arranged for missionaries to teach her about the faith.
Edward Davies, shown here in his youth, was a staunch atheist and believed organized religions to be 'hogwash'
Shortly after Ann converted, her two brothers followed suit and converted as well.
Mr Davies died in 1992 and his wife died a year later. When she was on her deathbed, however, she asked her sons to help her convert to Mormonism, and she was baptised just before she died.
Unlike his wife, Mr Davies had no such last-minute requests for religious salvation.
He remained true to his convictions and considered organized religion 'drudgery' and 'hogwash'.
Ann's brother Roderick is quoted as saying that their father 'considered people who were religious to be weak in the knees'.
His well-known distaste for religion didn't stop members of his family from baptising him by proxy a year after he died, however.
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Yes, the Romneys Converted Mitt’s Dead Atheist Father-in-Law to Mormonism
Gawker's substantial Mormon readership has come through for us: Two readers have sent us confirmation that Edward Davies, Mitt Romney's militantly atheist father-in-law, was indeed posthumously converted to Mormonism by his family, despite the fact that when he was alive he regarded all religions as "hogwash."
CHICAGO — Is President Obama's mother a Mormon now?
Not necessarily. But The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has confirmed Obama's late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro, was posthumously baptized by a church member last year, soon after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination.
Though it's unclear whether the submission of her name was a prank or sincere gesture, church spokeswoman Kim Farah said baptizing someone unrelated violates church policy and the breach is under investigation.
ABC News has confirmed reports that Mormons posthumously baptized President Obama's mother five months before the election.
Mormon Church spokeswoman Kim Farah said that "the offering of baptism to our deceased ancestors is a sacred practice to us and it is counter to Church policy for a Church member to submit names for baptism for persons to whom they are not related. The Church is looking into the circumstances of how this happened and does not yet have all the facts. However, this is a serious matter and we are treating it as such."
Originally posted by DerepentLEstranger
reply to post by Flatfish
and these irrational Phux are
being allowed to run the country?
Originally posted by N3k9Ni
And this is the guy that is being touted as our next President. Someone that has no concern about anyone's wishes but his own.
I wouldn't be surprised, IF he actually does get into office, that he will baptize the whole country and declare us all subject to the laws of the Mormon Church. People are concerned about Sharia law. This guy is likely to bring back the Inquisition.
My favorite comment related to the myth of Jewish burial/tattoos comes from Lenny Bruce (1923-1965), a famous and famously irreverent Jewish comedian. Bruce used to do a comic routine about his mother’s reaction when he came home from the Navy with a tattoo on his arm. Put in the third person, it went like this:
Lenny’s mother screamed when she saw the tattoo and told her son, "Now you can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery!" Lenny replied: "Its OK, Ma. I'll be buried in a Jewish cemetery. They can amputate my arm and bury it in a Catholic cemetery. It can wave to my body."
Originally posted by TheGuyFawkes
reply to post by Flatfish
thats prolly not even what happened, mormons believe in getting baptised themselves for deceased people, im sure he didnt dig up his father in law and baptise him geesh
Originally posted by Wetpaint72
reply to post by Flatfish
seems the jewish community is angry with the mormons. i saw a snipit on cnn. they are calling romney out. they want him to denounce this practice. I bet he ignores it, hoping it will just go away.
I was hoping someone would make a thread on this. I suck at it, but I think it is relevant. especially to rick santorum.
Despite the guidelines, some members of the Church have submitted the names of Holocaust victims, and prominent Nazis, such as Heinrich Himmler, for vicarious baptism without adequate permission. In December 2002, independent researcher Helen Radkey published a report showing that, following a 1995 promise from the church to remove Jewish Nazi victims from its International Genealogical Index, the Church's database included the names of about 19,000 who had a 40 to 50 percent chance "to be Holocaust victims ... in Russia, Poland, France, and Austria." Genealogist Bernard Kouchel conducted a search of the International Genealogical Index, and discovered that many well known Jews had been vicariously baptized, including Maimonides, Albert Einstein, and Irving Berlin, without family permission.
Jewish groups such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center spoke out against the vicarious baptism of Holocaust perpetrators and victims in the mid-1990s and again in the 2000s when they discovered the practice, which they consider insensitive to the living and the dead, was continuing. The associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Abraham Cooper, complained that infamous figures such as Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun appeared on LDS genealogical records: "Whether official or not, the fact remains that this is exactly the kind of activity that enraged and hurt, really, so many victims of the Holocaust and caused alarm in the Jewish community."