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  • Why would a Jew become a Mormon? Ask Marlena

    By Mark Paredes

    June 5, 2012 | 11:26 pm

    The proverbial “third rail” issue for a Christian blogger on a Jewish website is Jewish conversion to Christianity. It is one of the few issues that unites practically all Jews, and well-funded organizations (e.g., Jews for Judaism) have been set up to keep Jews from converting....

  • Daniel Pearl posthumously baptized by Mormons

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 29, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Daniel Pearl’s famous last words left know doubt about who he was: “I am Jewish.”

    Mormons, though, appear to want to leave the door open for Pearl to change his mind from the grave. Via JTA:

    Daniel Pearl was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual in another case of a prominent...

  • Mormon Temples and Jews: The SWC Charade Continues

    By Mark Paredes

    February 27, 2012 | 12:29 am

    “FYI, discovered today: Posthumous baptisms for the parents of Simon Wiesenthal. I am collecting evidence, which will be e-mailed to you, if requested, as long as there is a public stink.” – e-mail sent by anti-Mormon genealogy researcher Helen Radkey to Rabbi Abraham Cooper,...

  • A Jew and a Mormon walk into a Bar…

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    February 26, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    Recently the issue of the Mormon church engaging in posthumous conversions has resurfaced. The Wall Street Journal reports that:

    “Researchers recently discovered that Mormons had similarly baptized the parents of famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, whose mother died in a Nazi...

  • Anne Frank baptized in Mormon proxy ritual

    February 22, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Anne Frank was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual in another case of a Holocaust victim discovered to have been baptized posthumously this month.

    The ceremony reportedly took place last weekend in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in the Dominican Republic. It was...

  • Wiesel: Romney should speak out about proxy baptisms

    February 15, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel said Mitt Romney should speak up about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ practice of posthumous baptisms.

    In an interview with the Huffington Post, Wiesel said that Romney, the front-runner in the race for the Republican...

  • Mormon church apologizes for proxy baptism of Wiesenthal’s parents

    February 14, 2012 | 11:08 am

    The Mormon church has apologized for the posthumous baptism of the parents of Simon Wiesenthal.

    A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last month submitted the names of Wiesenthal’s parents for posthumous baptism, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Wiesenthal was a...

  • Answers to a rabbi, part 3: Baptizing dead Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    December 9, 2011 | 1:02 am

    Know then that ev’ry soul is free,
    To choose his life and what he’ll be;
    For this eternal truth is given,
    That God will force no man to heaven.

    He’ll call, persuade direct him right;,
    Bless him with wisdom, love, and light;
    In nameless ways be good and kind;
    But never force the...

  • Theological Exclusivism: Is Heaven Only for Mormons?

    By Mark Paredes

    March 27, 2011 | 9:00 pm

    Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus [Outside the Church there is no salvation] . – St. Cyprian
    In the Jewish community, people who come up with good answers are widely admired, while those who ask good questions are even more respected. In my experience, those leaders who can do both...

  • The Archbishop, Jews, and Christian Zionists

    By Mark Paredes

    October 27, 2010 | 12:41 am

    “We Christians cannot speak of the ‘promised land’ as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people – all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.” – Melkite Catholic...

  • Proxy Baptism Controversy: The End

    By Mark Paredes

    September 2, 2010 | 11:08 am

    “You know, there are no people in the world who understand the Jews like the Mormons.” – David Ben Gurion to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (and future LDS Church President) Ezra Taft Benson
    For Mormons who love Jews, yesterday’s headline on the LDS Church’s website...

  • Mormon Proxy Immersions for the Dead

    By Mark Paredes

    July 28, 2010 | 1:14 am

    Here is a slightly edited version of my essay that appears on Menachem Wecker’s Houston Chronicle blog. Several readers have asked me to address this topic, and I am happy to do so. The essay is longer than previous posts by reason of necessity; this is not a question that can be...

  • Red Lines

    By Mark Paredes

    May 31, 2010 | 1:51 am

    Who is not a Jew? That was the question on my mind last week as I reflected on the legacy of Moishe Rosen, a man who brought more heartache to Jewish parents than anyone in a generation. Few Jews lamented the passing of the Jew by birth who became a Baptist minister and subsequently...

  • Shoah group halts talks with Mormons on posthumous baptism of Jews

    By Ben Harris

    November 20, 2008 | 3:26 am

    A Holocaust survivor organization has broken off negotiations with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) over its practice of posthumously baptizing Jewish victims of the Nazis.

    At a news conference Monday, leaders of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust...

  • Holocaust survivors still mad with Mormons over baptism

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 11, 2008 | 1:16 pm

    With the Catholics and Protestants having made nice in Northern Ireland, two prominent intractable religious conflicts remain: that minor dispute over Eretz Yisroel and the Mormon Church’s insistence on baptizing Jewish victims of the Holocaust:

    Holocaust survivors said Monday they...

  • Mormons remove Wiesenthal from 'baptism' registry; Philanthropist funds series on composers suppressed by Nazis

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Mormons remove Wiesenthal from Registry

    The Mormon Church has removed the name of the late Simon Wiesenthal from its international genealogical index, avoiding a new dispute over accusations that the Church conducts vicarious baptisms for the deceased of other faiths.

    The Church of...