Why Can't the Mormon Church Stop Baptizing Anne Frank?

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There's been some chatter in the news lately about the Mormon church's bizarre habit of baptizing non-Mormons who have died. They've done it on all kinds of famous deceased people—Elvis, Shakespeare, and even Jesus Christ himself. This past weekend they baptized Anne Frank, WWII diarist and victim of the Holocaust. That's strange enough, but it turns out this is at least the tenth time they've baptized her. She's probably covered by now, people. Maybe it's time to let up.


Posthumous baptism was intended to be done to bring people's non-Mormon ancestors into the fold, but it's since become acceptable to baptize all kinds of random people. In 1994, it was discovered that the church had taken it upon themselves to baptize Jewish people who'd been killed in the Holocaust. As you might imagine, this unauthorized action upset Jewish religious leaders tremendously, and they eventually got the Mormons to agree to stop performing posthumous baptisms on all Jews, not just Holocaust survivors.

Anne Frank's latest baptism is a clear violation of that agreement. (All of her previous baptisms occurred between 1989 to 1999.) It seems it took place at a Mormon church in the Dominican Republic, and the fact that it was allowed to go through casts doubts on the security of the procedure for keeping Jewish people out of the baptism database. Michael Purdy, a church spokesman, told The Huffington Post that the church was committed to keeping its word, and this appeared to be an isolated incident. Frank's record will probably be scrubbed—who knew it was possible to undo a baptism?—but maybe they ought to stick a little note in there so they can avoid attempted Anne Frank baptisms numbers 11, 12, etc.

Mormon Baptism Targets Anne Frank — Again [HuffPo]



One of my best friends is Mormon. I love her dearly, I just don't love her religion. Once I learned about posthumous baptism, I was planning on telling her not to do that for me, because I'm like 90% sure she will if I die before her.

But, then I really thought about it - if God (or FSM) would be upset by something as minor as someone doing something in your name after you die, then I'm royally screwed anyway. And, on the nearly 0% chance that Mormons have it figured out, I guess it couldn't hurt.