Commentary By Ron Beasley
As anyone who reads these virtual pages knows I'm an atheist and consider religion to be nothing but mythology. Mormonism adds an additional layer of nonsense to the Christian nonsense but this sounds like voodoo to me.
Two readers have sent us confirmation that Edward Davies, Mitt Romney's militantly atheist father-in-law, was indeed posthumously converted to Mormonism by his family, despite the fact that when he was alive he regarded all religions as "hogwash."
Converting the dead - zombies in heaven. Now this is too weird but not uncommon.
[A] canonical series of rituals that Mormons undergo (in life or death) in order to qualify for admission to heaven, including baptism, confirmation, "washings and anointings," endowment, and, in the case of men, ordination to two levels of priesthood. The description seems to indicate that certain family members were present for all these rituals, in which a living male would have stood in "for and in behalf of" the late Mr. Davies.
And they have received objections before although I'm not sure why. If they convert me after I'm dead I'll still be dead.
The Mormon church has repeatedly been criticized for its practice of trawling for dead souls to convert to the faith. Catholic and Jewish organizations have expressed outrage when the names of dead popes and Holocaust victims have turned up on Mormon lists of the baptized. In 1995, the church pledged to "discontinue any future baptisms of deceased Jews" except for direct descendents of living Mormons, tacitly acknowledging that its creepy and weird to claim the souls of people who had no interest in Mormonism for their own. It's strange that the Romney and Davies families didn't accord Edward Davies' memory the same respect.
I'm not sure that anyone who believes such nonsense should be anywhere near the most powerful position in the world. This makes the craziest of Evangelical Christians look sane. A voodoo president?