John G. Turner is a graduate of Notre Dame and holds a divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
He’s also a non-Mormon expert on Mormons, and here’s what he has to say about the latest controversy:
… In this instance of proxy baptism, though, the level of outrage simply does not match the purported offense.
The Mormon desire to bring Jews, Protestants, Muslims, Catholics and others into their heaven is merely quirky and quixotic—not "scandalous," as Mr. Wiesel says. When Mormons are immersed in water in an attempt to offer salvation to our deceased ancestors, they do no harm to the living or the dead.
I’m still scandalized about baptizing people who died because they were born Jewish; since there’s fairly strong evidence that, for some, being a Jew is a matter of genetics above and beyond faith. But as to the rest, I promise not to be scandalized.