I stated yesterday at MCB that I had issues with Mormonism and that I didn’t want to go into it over there. I don’t want to use MCB for that purpose.
But I do have something I want to get off my chest.
I’m a Christian, obviously. But as far as belief goes, I truly believe we are all creatures of free will and therefore free to choose the faith we follow. And there’s my issue with Mormonism in a nutshell. If you want to be a Mormon ( then that’s your business.
But Mormons, you see, encourage their members to track down all of their departed ancestors and baptise them as Mormons by proxy. That’s where I have a problem. When you think that it is your business to decide someone else’s religion for them you have crossed a line.
Think about it. In Christianity, NOT EVEN GOD decides a person’s religion for him. To raise yourself above God, to raise yourself to the point where you think you have some power to make such a personal decision for someone else–that’s a grave statement to make.
No, I don’t believe that Proxy Baptism actually changes the faith of the departed person anymore than it changes that late person’s food preference or favourite colour. I do, however, think that the intent to control choice is the message that Mormons send with proxy baptism. That desire to exercise their preference over that of another is a dangerous precedent.
I’m not abstaining from voting for Romney because of his Mormonism. On the list of reasons not to vote for the man, “Follower of LDS” doesn’t even register. But, frankly, the thought of a president who adheres to a faith which believes it can control the will and choice of others does give me pause.