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  •  The entire thing seems bizarre to me, but ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Ian S, Catte Nappe

    I don't see why anybody should care.  If Mormonism and baptizing are all a lot of BS (as I think they are), then this has no effect at all.  But if the Mormons are actually right (much as I doubt it), then it's a good thing.  Bottom line: It can't hurt anybody.

    I come from a mainline Protestant background, but when she was seriously ill a friend of my wife said her brother had said prayers for her in Israel.  I thanked her for the thought.  When my mother died, a Catholic friend asked if I'd be OK with him having a memorial mass said for her (which as I understand it, Catholics believe speeds the soul from Purgatory).  I said it wasn't necessary, but certainly would have no objection to him doing it and appreciated the thought.

    Although both of those people asked if I minded, I would have had no problem if they had simply gone ahead and done it.  And if some Mormon wants to baptize my now-deceased mother (and they may already have done it, since she was friendly with a Mormon couple), I've got no problem with that either.  If the Zoroastrians want to claim her as one of their own at this point, I have no problem with that either.   And if the Wiccans want to induct me as one of theirs once I die, I don't have a problem with that.  As far as I'm concerned, once I'm dead, people can make me a member of every religion in the world.

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Fri May 18, 2012 at 11:04:56 AM PDT

    •  "it can't hurt anybody" (6+ / 0-)

      Other than that it shows how Mormons (Romney) do not respect other religions, including all other Christians.

      •  Well, to be fair... (1+ / 0-)
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        tytalus

        there are plenty of Christians e.g. many evangelicals who don't respect other religions either. As an atheist, I'll admit that my own respect for religion is somewhat limited although I'd never dream of trying to un-baptize a deceased believer. LOL!

        Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

        by Ian S on Fri May 18, 2012 at 11:48:48 AM PDT

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    •  Asking if you would be OK with a prayer (0+ / 0-)

      That is taught as a responsible thing to do in many churches and faith based institutions. The thing is, if you really believe prayer will have a direct impact of some sort you really shouldn't be having that impact on people without their permission. In the strictest sense of the word it's worse to pray without permission than the Mormon baptism thing, because as I understand it the Mormon post-death baptism only makes you "eligible" in a way, and you have the right in the afterlife to decline the honor.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Fri May 18, 2012 at 01:38:41 PM PDT

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