Daily Archives: February 23, 2012

AF

Not content with the posthumous “Baptism” of the Wiesels, the self-style “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” has moved on to rape the remains of the Holocaust’s most noted victim.

“Annelies Marie (Anne) Frank, a German-born Jew who perished in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, was allegedly baptized posthumously by Mormons on Saturday, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday.
According to the report, the baptism was conducted using a proxy, by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic .
Whistleblower Helen Radkey, a former member of the church, told the Huffington Post that she discovered Frank’s name on a database open only to Mormons, where the Jewish girl who died at age 15 was listed as “Completed” beside categories labeled “Baptism” and “Confirmation” with the date February 18, 2012. A screen shot of the alleged database sent by Radkey is linked to the Huffington Post report.
The Huffington Post described Radkey as “a Salt Lake City researcher who investigates such incidents, which violate a 2010 pact between the Mormon Church and Jewish leaders.”
Jews are particularly offended by an attempt to alter the religion of Holocaust victims, who were murdered because of their religion, and the baptism of Holocaust survivors was supposed to have been barred by a 1995 agreement.
Mormons believe posthumous baptism by proxy allows deceased persons to receive the Gospel in the afterlife. The church believes departed souls can then accept or reject the baptismal rites and contends the offerings are not intended to offend anyone.
Other religions, including the Catholic church, have also publicly objected to the baptism of its members, and it’s been widely reported that Mormon and GOP presidential nominee front-runner Mitt Romney’s atheist father-in-law Edward Davies was posthumously baptized.
In addition, the parents of Holocaust survivor and Jewish rights advocate Simon Wiesenthal were posthumously baptized. Radkey found documentation of the baptism of the Wiesenthals two weeks ago while conducting regular checks of a church database. Jews have relied on the work of Radkey, a former Mormon, since 1999, although Mormon church officials have publicly questioned her motives for reviewing the database.
Last Tuesday Radkey told The Associated Press she periodically checks the database for the Wiesenthal name to gauge whether the latest Mormon efforts to screen the process were working.
Radkey’s recent monitoring also turned up a record for Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and several of his relatives. “

You can catch a glimpse of Anne at the window here —

Here’s Millie Perkins as Anne with Richard Beymer as Pater and the overwhelming score of the great Alfred Newman in George Stevens’ superb film.

And so one can only ask — Separated at Birth?

AF

ED

Gawker explains

“YES, THE ROMNEYS CONVERTED MITT’S DEAD ATHIEST FATHER-IN-LAW TO MORMONISM”

Can your heart stand the shocking facts?

“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.” UPDATE: Romney’s brother-in-law responds below.

As we mentioned yesterday, Ann Romney’s Welsh-born father (who Mitt mentioned in last night’s debate to shore up his pro-immigrant bona fides) was an engineer, inventor, and resolute atheist who disdained all organized religion and raised his children accordingly. Davies, his son Roderick told the Boston Globe in 2007, regarded the faithful as “weak in the knees.” But when Mitt began seeing Davies’ daughter Ann, the Romney family launched a concerted effort to convert not only Ann but her entire family to Mormonism. And they were wildly successful: Within a year of meeting Ann, Mitt and his father had converted all three of Edward Davies’ children. Days before she died in 1993, Ann Romney’s mother asked to be converted as well. Edward Davies was the only member of his clan whose soul the Romneys never claimed for their church.
Until he died. According to this entry in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ genealogical database, Davies was baptized as a Mormon at a “special family meeting” 14 months after his death: “All ordinances except sealing to spouse performed in Salt Lake Temple on 19 Nov 1993 in special family meeting,” the entry says. (When we previously asked the church whether Davies had been baptized, a spokesperson told us that the information was available only to his family and church members. But it’s apparently right there on the internet for those who know what to look for.)”

Just like —

And Mitt likes fucking corpses as well.

“According to our tipster, the “ordinances” performed on Davies’ spectral remnants included the following:
[A] canonical series of rituals that Mormons undergo (in life or death) in order to qualify for admission to heaven, including baptism, confirmation, “washings and anointings,” endowment, and, in the case of men, ordination to two levels of priesthood. The description seems to indicate that certain family members were present for all these rituals, in which a living male would have stood in “for and in behalf of” the late Mr. Davies.
A little under a year after the posthumous baptism, according to this entry at Ancestry.com, a Utah-based genealogical registry linked to the Mormon church, Edward Davies was “sealed” to his spouse for eternity in a ceremony that appears to have been performed in Atlanta, Ga.
Of course this is all empty superstition, as Davies realized. Being dead, he wasn’t particularly in a place to care about whatever voodoo was performed in his name. But it’s an exceedingly odd way for the Romney family to honor the memory of a man who was committed, for his entire life, to the notion that organized religion is a fraud.”

Now here’s where it gets interesting.

“The Mormon church has repeatedly been criticized for its practice of trawling for dead souls to convert to the faith. Catholic and Jewish organizations have expressed outrage when the names of dead popes and Holocaust victims have turned up on Mormon lists of the baptized. In 1995, the church pledged to “discontinue any future baptisms of deceased Jews” except for direct descendents of living Mormons, tacitly acknowledging that its creepy and weird to claim the souls of people who had no interest in Mormonism for their own. It’s strange that the Romney and Davies families didn’t accord Edward Davies’ memory the same respect.”

Oh not really. Religion is about two things — the inability to accept the finality of Death and an obession with punishing anyone who experiences sexual pleasure.

Hence Athiests are in religion’s gunsites — along with women who decline to be have their vaginas probed, and of course gays and lesbians.

“UPDATE: Edward Davies’ son Jim has written Gawker Media owner Nick Denton to say that his father was not an atheist. According to Jim, his father “had faith in God, or a higher power, or something much bigger than himself, but saw organized religion as something man-made.” My claim that he was an atheist was based on the following:
Earlier this month, the Telegraph reported that “Mr. Davies, who also served as mayor of the wealthy Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, rebelled against his strict upbringing as a Welsh Congregationalist and became strongly opposed to all organized religion. ‘He would say: ‘I’m a scientist, show me the proof’,’ recalled [a former colleague].”
In 2007, the Boston Globe quoted Edward’s son Roderick saying that “Dad considered people who were religious to be weak in the knees.” The Globe further reported that Edward had “absolutely no use for religion,” regarded it as “drudgery and hogwash,” and “insisted [that his wife] give up organized religion” before marrying her.”

Well that seems pretty open and shut to me. But you all know how annoying relatives can be.

“Jim Davies also says that, contrary to the reporting of the Telegraph, his father worked on the Apollo, not Gemini, space program.
For the record, I spent a great deal of time several years ago trying to get Romney or a representative to answer questions about Edward Davies and his posthumous baptism. Romney never responded, and the Mormon Church declined to answer my questions.”

No surprise. But Jim Davies still has something to say.

“Mr. Denton,
I’m not sure about the law’s position on slander or libel vis a vis someone who is dead,”

You can’t “slander” or “libel” the dead, dipshit. YOU COULD LOOK IT UP!!!!!!!

” but my father’s reputation matters a great deal to me, and your correspondent’s contention that my father was an atheist is blatantly false. I demand that the record be corrected and that you print a retraction. If you or someone would care to contact me on the issue I will be happy to give you the facts. Dad had faith in God, or a higher power, or something much bigger than himself, but saw organized religion as something man-made. Does that sound like a “committed atheist” or a “resolute atheist”? We had numerous conversations on the topic. I am truly astonished at the irresponsibility and callousness of your publication.
In addition to these inaccuracies, he worked on the Apollo program, not Gemini. There is so much conjecture and outright fantasy in these contentions, I am absolutely astonished. If I were this sloppy in my work as an ophthalmologist there is no way I could maintain a credible practice—or maintain a license to practice.
It is also beyond my comprehension (and I presume that you view your “Gawker” as a legitimate source for “news”) that your reporter would not even make the effort to make a phone call to confirm a story that is bound to get so much play in the media. Or, is it possible that you and yours are agenda-driven, and that your intent is to smear a candidate?”

“Smear” Mitt? And now it all becomes clear. You don’t care about your father — just your brother-in-law.

Well Tough Shit. The record speaks for itself.

Moreover it’s clear you care less about your father’s reputation than Bill Maher does.

Of course he could have done something quite different about the matter.

Alas, be they Davies or Frank, “They are all equal now.”

though it was tons easier for Edward.

Marianne Faithfull will sing us out