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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...269172786.html

    Do you think it is upsetting that some Mormons have conducted "baptism by proxy" for people outside of their faith? This activity seems to be particularly frustrating to some in the Jewish community.

    Is baptism by proxy an affront to other religions or harmless? Does it stoke religious tensions between groups?
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    I read through the article, but I am a little confused as to how the process happens, and how those who have been chosen are notified?

    Anyway, It is harmless I think. They are doing whatever it is they believe to be good and right. Anyone outside of the Mormon religion really should not feel effected by it. After all, how can they be baptized by a religion in which they do not believe? I would think that the group in question would simply laugh it off....

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    I think they should be able to baptize whatever name they want, but I don't think they should have the right to list people's names publicly on their registers without the permission of their relatives. So I think the Jews should be able to tell them to remove the names from their list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I think they should be able to baptize whatever name they want, but I don't think they should have the right to list people's names publicly on their registers without the permission of their relatives. So I think the Jews should be able to tell them to remove the names from their list.
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    I think this might be a first... I agree with Gloria!

    The Mormon church isn't baptizing people; they are baptizing names. Should those people's spirits, somewhere out there, choose to accept the baptism, we'll never know. I choose to believe that anyone who didn't want to be a Mormon in real life won't decide to be a Mormon in the afterlife.

    And honestly, I have far less concern about this practice than I do about the baptism of infants & children who can't say whether they want it or not and who don't know any better because "their" religion has been spoonfed to them from birth.
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    They are so weird.

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    It's rude, obviously. But not harmful beyond that, as it is really just a meaningless attention-getting activity. The people are dead, they don't know.

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    The whole thing is crazy. To me it wouldn't mean a thing, but I can understand that some people would be offended, especially with them publishing names, as Gloria mentioned.

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    Huh. How odd. I agree with Gloria, too!
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    Oh, and as someone who has done a lot of genealogy research, I can say that the Mormon church actually doesn't do a very good job at it. They have names wrong, dates wrong, siblings listed as parents, all kinds of mistakes I've found in their databases. My granddad, who died in 1981 (gosh, it sure doesn't seem that long ago) and I *know* the official records are accurate, they have listed the wrong death date and the wrong middle name. Yeah, go ahead & baptize the guy you think he is, LOL!
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    I think i'd just turn my head the other way and acknowledge that this is some ritual that exists in their bubble and doesn't really affect me or anyone else for that matter...in any spiritual sense.

    I can see how emotionally some would find it bothersome. But really, don't seek it out or associate with it.
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