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Appalling Mormon Baptism Even Appalls Hindu

February 29th, 2012 by John Mansfield

So, someone performed religious ordinances in Mormon temples on behalf of Mohandas K. Gandhi. “In a statement from Nevada, USA, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said on Wednesday it was appalling to note that Gandhi had been reportedly baptized by proxy by LDS. ‘It is insensitive and hurtful to the feelings of about one billion Hindus spread worldwide,’ he said.” (link)

Now a standard Mormon argument is that if the appalled on behalf of the dead don’t think Mormon ordinances have any authority over the souls of the dead, then the appalled shouldn’t care what the Mormons are doing. The wrinkle here is that Hindus don’t believe souls stay dead, but rather are reincarnated, so there could be an impact on the living if baptism for the dead is legitimate. Go around baptizing Hindus who’ve been sixty years in the grave, and Mr. Zed could wind up with meditative visions of himself pushing a handcart and come out of it with a hankering for a scone. In fact, Mr. Zed’s words seem suspiciously akin to letters to the editor that used to haunt the Daily Universe, which I heard is recently departed. It’s hard to keep it all straight., but it does call to mind the bit from Kipling’s Kim:

“‘And whom didst thou worship within?’ said Kim affably, squatting in the shade beside the lama.

“‘I worshipped none, child. I bowed before the Excellent Law.’

“Kim accepted this new God without emotion. He knew already a few score.”

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February 29th, 2012 11:13:39

Adam G.
February 29, 2012

Since there is an ever-growing backlog of the dead, I see no particular reason why we should try to be as bumptious and vulgar as possible about whom we baptize. Celebrity baptism for the dead is an unseemly variation on the real love and familial affection that the work for the dead is supposed to engender.

February 29, 2012


Plus I’m of the opinion it’s a waste of time for some of these celebrities.

March 1, 2012

If not done sooner, it will have to be done later. _Everyone_ gets a proxy baptism and the other proxy temple-ordinances if they didn’t get them in this life.

Adam G.
March 2, 2012

Books., the backlog of names means that a lot of people are going to have to be done later.

March 6, 2012

Ironic, given that Gandhi was not a particularly dogmatic Hindu. He is famous for his reply (when asked if he was a Hindu), “yes, and also a Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew.” He openly advocated drawing truth from all sources, and one has to suspect that he would be fine with being posthumously baptized.

John Mansfield
March 7, 2012

That’s something that crossed my mind too, Kaimi, though I have to confess that 80% of what I know about Gandhi comes from watching Ben Kingsley play him in a movie.

Before these things blow over, I’m holding out hope that Miss Radke will find evidence that Mohammed’s wives were sealed to him in the Boise Temple and we can earn a fatwa out of this. Gotta get something out of goofballs using Holocaust records and People magazine to submit family file work.

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