No, I’m not kidding. As Jewish leaders decry the Mormon baptism of Simon Wiesenthal's relatives, how does Mitt Romney feel about the practice? When asked by Newsweek in 2007 if he has done baptisms for the dead (in which Mormons find the names of dead people of all faiths and baptize them, as an LDS representative says, to "open the door" to the highest heaven) he looked slightly startled and actually admitted! "I have in my life, but I haven't recently." Priceless! Once again “Religion poisons everything.” Actually it was Christopher Hitchens who first pulled the ugly bed-sheet off this infamous disgrace some time back.
While it’s axiomatic that you can’t slander the dead there are those who desecrate graves – even of those who don’t even have one. No African-American will vote for this guy. Nor will any Jew. If this is the best they can do the GOP is utterly decrepit. What’s left but the creepy “Libertarians” who claim the Civil Rights Acts are wrong because they deny “liberty” to Jim Crow – not that they approve of course.... of course. It’s a matter of principal you see.
But before some self-righteous Christians hurl stones from glass houses they might want to consider the fact that Mother Theresa (a.k.a. Mommie Dearest) and her order did worse: they covertly baptized unwilling Muslim and Hindi AIDS patients against their living will and as they lay dying!
Where we go again: American elections Under the Banner of Heaven. Religion is usually the best place to turn if you want your intelligence insulted. It’s also the perfect napalm for fueling the Kulturkampf. After all, it keeps the frightened sheep distracted while the ‘good shepherds’ are busy fleecing them. It’s only amazing there is any child’s behind left for a rabid clerisy to savage.
As Steven Weinberg, said,
“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
Indeed, "Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions." (Pascal.) Which is surely what prompted Susan B. Anthony to write, "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
But hey, who knows, "... if man continues on the direction of enlightenment, his religious practice may, in the end, attain some semblance of human decency." (Mark Twain.)
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