Nasty stuff at the top, good stuff at the bottom.
Mormons are in hot water again for the baptism by proxy of dead Jews; in particular Anne Frank.
The official position of the LDS church is that this is a no-no, and it has apologized. Again.
Sorry folks, this isn’t good enough. If it was, this wouldn’t keep happening.
The LDS church is very vertically integrated on decisions that are important to it.
Then there is baptism by proxy. This is mostly handled at the local level: baptism by proxy is an important rite for young men, and an important sacrament for families, that is performed at temples that are local to members with a recommend. When Anne Frank (or someone else) is baptized, it is a local decision.
This is why it was a done deal, again, before it hit the airwaves.
The official position is that this is wrong, and shouldn’t happen.
News Flash: it will happen, is happening, and it did happen. Again.
Let me make a suggestion as to how to get this to go away: excommunication of bishops and stake presidents that allow it to happen on their watch.
This is how the central authority of the church gets the attention of the rank and file. And you know what? It works. All Mormons know this.
And, to non-Mormons out there trying to understand this, lists for baptism by proxy are submitted to local bishops and approved by them. Discipline of local members is handled by local bishops, who occasionally have to kick things up to the stake president level. There is a very clear message between the lines here: bishops and stake presidents are not taking the public position of the LDS church seriously on this issue.
Now for the good part.
The world, and Jews in particular, get that individual Mormons can do a great deal of good in the world. And here’s the details of how one helped Jews when they needed it.
CTR: emulate Senator King.