Transing The Dead

You think I just don't understand, but I don't believe you.

Recently I attended an event for NARAL Maryland where I ran into many friends of mine. I am not a huge fan of these types of events because I find it uncomfortable to dress up, but I expect most people are used to me showing up unkempt by now (and they have the decency not to tell me I look like a schlump, thanks friends!)

One of my friends and I got to talking about the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead into the Mormon Church.  In case you haven’t heard of this, Mormons posthumously baptize Jews who died in the Holocaust as Mormons. Seriously. This practice does violence to reality, to a person’s lived experience, and to basic decency.  She told me that her partner felt so strongly about this practice, he added a provision to his will expressing his wish never to be baptized into the Mormon…

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