Mormons say dead are free to reject baptism

How many dead people have you known to reject anything? What a crock. Here’s how the Mormons explain away their practice of baptizing people like Barack Obama’s mother without the consent of the immediate family:

The practice is rooted in the belief that certain sacred sacraments, such as baptism, are required to enter the kingdom of heaven and that a just God will give everyone who ever lived a fair opportunity to receive them, whether in this life or the next. Church members who perform temple baptisms for their deceased relatives are motivated by love and sincere concern for the welfare of all of God’s children. According to Church doctrine, a departed soul in the afterlife is completely free to accept or reject such a baptism — the offering is freely given and must be freely received. The Church has never claimed the power to force deceased persons to become Church members or Mormons, and it does not list them as such on its records. The notion of coerced conversion is utterly contrary to Church doctrine.

If the Mormons weren’t trying to pull a fast one by baptizing the dead relatives of Christians and Jews without the consent of their immediate family members, the Mormons would simply ask the immediate family members for permission before doing the deed, or even better, ask the dead people while they’re alive. No, instead they ask the dead people while they’re dead. And if nobody objects?

Maybe it’s time we started baptizing Mormons against their will. Or even better, let’s hold a ceremony and convert them gay – we can start with Joseph Smith, send him a toaster and all. After all, he can always object from the dead if he doesn’t want to be queer.

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