What I’ve Been Reading Feb. 27

Mormons need to stop trying to claim non-Mormons as Mormons. Seriously, stop posthumously baptizing people, it’s disgusting. You have no right to baptize someone as Mormon just because you like what they did in life. You cannot claim someone like that against their will, even if they are dead and it doesn’t actually matter. You don’t hear of atheists de-baptizing Martin Luther King Jr. or maybe Nelson Mandela, do you? Just like a Christian burial service would be insulting to the memory of a deceased Muslim, baptizing someone into a church they were never a part of is also insulting to that memory.

Several members of my family have worked as waitresses, so the title of this piece, “How Waiters Read Your Table,” caught my attention. When out with a group of friends I often take on the roll of leader (see the end of the article). It’s kind of funny to think about.

Dementia in prisoners is a tough thing to deal with. I like the choice to have other inmates help care for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, especially since it would seem that doing so has given prisoners without dementia a chance to feel “human” again.

I have sometimes wondered how doctors act in cases of terminal illnesses (and just illness in general). Apparently, “doctors die differently,” but that’s not surprising.

Not what I would call an unbiased source, but I don’t even care. No matter what source I hear about Santorum from, he always makes me “want to throw up.” Or maybe just lose my mind so I don’t have to consider the possibility of my country being led by him.

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3 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading Feb. 27

  1. SciAwakening says:

    I read a blog post the other day by an ex-Mormon who was offended at Bill Maher for mocking the posthumous baptism of people into the Mormon church. From her perspective the ritual was a harmless way for Mormons to feel comforted that people who were not Mormons would be able to have a choice over their eternal destiny in the afterlife. Of course I completely disagree with her, but it was interesting to hear that perspective. From the Mormon perspective it’s an act of love. These crazy posthumous baptisms won’t go away until the underlying beliefs change.

    • Yeah, I’ve always figured that’s where they were coming from. It’s immensely disrespectful, though, don’t you think? Even if unknowingly so.

      Also, don’t you find it rather silly that they think they need to posthumously baptize someone to insure that they have a choice about their eternal destiny? I don’t like to say one afterlife idea is sillier than another, but I never understand why people think that a god or gods would only allow people of a certain religious persuasion into heaven (or whatever). It’s a bit too ridiculous – what about all the very good people who happen to be Hindus that will never be posthumously baptized into the Mormon church? Is the Mormon version of god really so petty that he’s going to say, “Because you were a nobody during life (so nobody knew enough about you to posthumously baptize you) and because you lived in such a rural area that you had never even heard of the Mormon church, you are going to hell”?

      • SciAwakening says:

        It is absolutely disrespectful, they are looking at it through a whole different lens though. I spent my entire childhood in a conservative religious bubble. It really is a bubble, you are raised to see things a certain way, it colors most of your perceptions, you are surrounded with people who have the same mentality, and if even if you do start to question certain parts of the doctrine your standing in the group is threatened if you question the dominant logic of the group.

        It may be ridiculous from outside the bubble looking in, but if it’s MY group’s flavor of ridiculousness then it is normal. I think that most human beings accept the world with which they are presented, at least to some degree. As far as the particular Mormon belief in this instance, I think that they believe humans can only make a choice if we have a body, therefore if the body has died and we are a non-Mormonized disembodied soul, then we cannot participate in the afterlife. That’s their doctrine and they’re sticking to it.

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