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.
Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.