Argh! The media's prurient interest in an innocuous sacred LDS Temple ordinance has, once again, reared its ugly head.
What is it about Proxy Baptisms -- aka "Baptism for the Dead" -- that remains so fascinating to non-Mormons? This time, the issue is linked to Republican presidential nominee hopeful Mitt Romney, who participated in the rite -- as did most people who grew up as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Heck, I myself participated on two occasions -- and, honestly, it's not as scary as it sounds. There are no black robes or necromantic incantations, unless you count quickly garbled prayers followed by the reading of names off a list and a series of fast dunks in the warm waters of a really cool-looking baptismal font as "necromantic." It was just a bizarre shared experience that I and the other slightly embarrassed adolescents from my church youth group tacitly agreed never to speak of again. Afterward, we all went to Lagoon, which helped put the whole thing out of our minds.
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