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Is there a Do Not Baptize list?

Is there a Do Not Baptize list?

From Forrest Wickman in Slate:

Mormon Church leaders apologized Tuesday after the parents of the late Jewish rights advocate and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal were baptized by proxy in late January. Meanwhile, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel said that Mitt Romney “should speak to his own church and say they should stop.” Is there any straightforward way to get your name on the Mormons’ “Do Not Baptize” list?

No. To avoid unwanted baptisms, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints largely relies on the discretion of its members. Church policy advises that members should not request baptisms for the dead except for their own ancestors. Since this policy is difficult to enforce, some Mormons do baptize more widely. To the extent that a “Do Not Baptize” list exists, it includes only the names of Holocaust victims. The church says it learned that such baptisms were occurring in 1991 and formally ordered a stop to them; when it received complaints from an organization of Holocaust survivors in 1995, it re-emphasized the directive and removed hundreds of thousands of names from genealogical records. Even so, members have disregarded the order again and again. A centralized database of those who have been baptized exists online, although only church members can obtain a login. Officials insist that the church has done its best to monitor these records so as to keep the names of Holocaust victims from being submitted, but some do manage to slip through.

Do you care if someone might get baptized in the Mormon church for you?


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Scott Lybrand

My parents still pray that I’ll turn straight. I told them to go for it, though it will almost certainly not work.

I sort of feel the same way about proxy baptism. Dunk your hearts out, my dears. It doesn’t change one little thing.


Mormons don’t believe Judaism, as a religion, saves. As they don’t believe Episcopal Christianity, as a religion, saves.

They’re going to believe this, whether they baptize deceased members of other these faiths or not. They are free to do so [As I’m free to believe that Mormonism is a pseudo-Christian new religion.]

I don’t know why the action of baptism should be more offensive than the faith behind it.

And accepting that others will have faiths that offend you is part of living in a pluralistic society.

JC Fisher

Dave Paisley


How can you be OK with Mormon baptisms for Christians, but feel that baptizing Jews or Muslims is completely wrong?

The Mormon faith is not Christian in any way other than that they co-opted the name of Jesus in their title. The “Jesus” they believe in is a completely different theological entity than the what I would call genuine Christianity. (And the difference is orders of magnitude larger than any of the differences argued about between mainstream Christian denomination).

Given that, I find their baptizing of anyone without their consent, living or dead, of whatever faith, to be repugnant.

Leslie Scoopmire

Forgot to add:

Now, to baptize Jews or Muslims is just completely wrong from a respect standpoint, however.

Leslie Scoopmire

I have actually studied some of the LDS scriptures and visited various LDS sites and read some of their recruitment materials. I do not believe that their baptisms are valid according to Christian theology, so I do not care if they give me or any of my relatives a proxy baptism. I do not say this out of any sort of agenda against members of the LDS. I’m just saying that to me it doesn’t matter, since we view baptism COMPLETELY differently based on ancient tradition versus a relatively modern claim of revelation.

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