WTF is wrong with Mormons?
I read on a blog today that the Mormon Church baptised a woman into their faith. Nothing terribly unusual about that. Except she was dead. She had been dead for 13 years. And she was Barack Obama’s mother.
According to AMERICAblog News, Stanley Ann Dunham, mother of our current President, was baptised into the Mormon faith on June 4, 2008. Ms. Dunham died on November 7, 1995, and no family member approved of this.
Now, that’s just bizarre, and coming from the conservative church that rallied so hard against Proposition 8 in California, maybe it was a political move. A strange, fucked-up political move, but a political move nonetheless.
Here’s the part that gets me: they do this all the fucking time.
Jews have been pissed about it. Catholics won’t ever turn over parish information to the LDS’s extensive genealogical records anymore. Baptists are too busy drinking and being hypocritical to get pissed over this. I’m going to guess that a large portion of the remaining populace doesn’t even know about it (it’s not listed in the public records anymore, as I understand it.)
If you read the comments on the AMERICAblog post, you’ll notice that a lot of them seem to ask, “what’s the big deal? Why get pissed over this piddling crap?” (At least one of those came from a Mormon, who helpfully and dickishly explained that in the afterlife, the dead have the chance to refuse the “gift” of Mormonism. For me, as a living being, if the choice is between Mormonism and chlamydia, pass the pennicillin and send the heavenly hookers over.)
It’s a big deal because we live in a country (America) that is all about religious freedom or, if one wishes, having no religion at all. You can do that, in America. You can choose to go your whole life without ever saying a single prayer or stepping foot in a church or even acknowledging that such things exist. The essence of freedom is about choices, and one can choose in life not to be of any religion (many do) or simply not to be a Mormon (most do, and rightfully so). That’s your choice; you’ve made it, and no one can take it away from you.
Except, apparently, the fucking Church Of Latter-Day Saints.
When people are re-baptised (or baptised for the first time) posthumously into the Mormon faith, without the permission or even knowledge of their families and loved ones, that’s not a choice that they made or that someone that knew them is making for them. It’s an overruling of the choice they made in life, specifically, the choice not to be a fucking Mormon. Who is the LDS to decide that your choice was wrong and should be overruled? If someone wants to become a Mormon, they’ve got their entire lives to do it, and it’s not like the little shits Mormon missionaries are hard to find. Just stay at home; they’ll come to you! My point here is that the LDS is overruling your freedom to choose not to be a part of their silly inane blasphemous ridiciulous religion. You made a choice in life; now that you’re dead and can’t fight back, the Mormons are making a choice for you. That’s not only blasphemous against the deceased person’s religious beliefs, it’s a denial of their right to choose their own religion, if any at all. It’s the antithesis of freedom: denial of choice.
Fucked up, ain’t it?
Now, the Mormon apologist on that blog says that in the afterlife, the deceased can easily refute the “gift” of Mormon baptism, so, no harm, no foul, right?
Well, right. . .if the Mormons are right about the afterlife. Show me one single goddamn shred of evidence (factual, not faith-based) that says that they are, and I’ll back off of this. But what if they’re wrong? What if Mormonism is not the One, True Religion? What if their “gift” consigned hundreds of thousands of people to an eternity in Hell? How many people are there, right now, burning and being tortured by demons and all the while yelling “FUCK YOU, JOSEPH SMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITH!” (Hey, the Mormon Church is saying “fuck you” to your right to choose your path to God; it’s only fair to say “fuck you” back to them.) Then there’s a pretty goodly amount of harm done, in what’s definitely a foul act. The other story that the guy posted was that it’s simply a “just in case” measure, as in “just in case we’re right.” I’ll stick with not being a Mormon, in life or in death, “just in case” you’re fucking wrong.
And you are, for baptising the unwilling.