Unlikely Mormons?

What’s Sauce for the Goose is Sauce for the Gander.

Just this morning, I happened to stumble upon the “fact” that the late George Carlin was a Mormon. Really?  I thought he was not only an atheist, but an anti-theist, this based upon his body of work, and that he’d been raised as a Roman Catholic.  Mr. Carlin died in 2008 but, apparently, was baptized posthumously in 2010 as a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It’s been the belief of many Mormons since the mid-nineteenth century that the only way to get to the heaven that George Carlin didn’t believe in is to be baptized as a Mormon but that, even after death, he’s free to reject this great “gift.”  Also baptized in this manner have been thousands of Jewish Holocaust victims, not to mention Adolph Hitler, his various henchmen and other individuals of celebrity.

Of course, the dead won’t be affected by this goofy practice, known variously as “Baptism for the dead,” “vicarious baptism” or “proxy baptism.”  But what of their families?  I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to be remembered as a member of the LDS church or, for that matter, any religious organization whatsoever after I’m dead, especially not one that Hitler now belongs to.

I would then like to propose the following: First, let’s un-Mormon-baptize the Jewish Holocaust victims, George Carlin, Leonard “Chico” Marx, Arthur “Harpo” Marx, Julius “Groucho” Marx, C. S. Lewis, Ceasar Chavez, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Frank Zappa and all of the other unwilling late Mormons. Next, let’s un-Mormon-baptize and convert to atheism Joseph Smith Jr., Brigham Young and The Nonexistent Angel Moroni. That should do it.


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  1. Don’t worry. Authorization to perform Temple ordinances is a family thing. You or your family must submit the name or request that it be done if you are not a member.

    But there is more to this story than has been discussed. The so called “whistle blower” is an angry former member with an ax to grind. She and a couple of others, apparently, colluded to do this thing in order to embarass the Church. Some folks with access to the database deliberately chose to subvert the rules and the system for their own reasons. My guess is it was about the Church’s stand on homosexualty but I am guessing. Then they “discovered” these violations.

    The rules are quite clear. People submitting names can do so only for relatives. That is what the genealogy program is all about – to discover who one’s relatives are. But even performing the ordinances does not have an affect on anyone if they reject them. No one is considered a Mormon or Christian by having this done on their behalf. Jews are still Jews and atheists are still athiests and Baptists are still Baptists. What the ordinance does is make tickets available at the Will Call window for late arrivers. If you don’t pick the tickets up you don’t get in to see the show.