Tuesday, November 11, 2008

13 Marḥeshwan 5769: Veterans Day (US)/Air Day

Greetings.

Worthy causes of the day: “Shape Yellowstone's Rules on Snowmobiles” and “Fend off the Bush Administration's 11th Hour Attacks”.

Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
  1. “Jewish group wants Mormons to stop proxy baptisms”: (Submitted by Dad.) To quote:
    Holocaust survivors said Monday they were abandoning negotiations with the Mormon church over its posthumous baptisms of Jews who were killed in Nazi death camps.

    Survivors claim elders of the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have refused to systemically search for and remove the names of Holocaust victims from their master genealogical database and have failed to prevent "zealots" from adding thousands of new Jewish names to the list in recent years - including thousands lifted from Yizkor books of Jews massacred at Berdichev in Ukraine.
    Unfortunately, we can only expect the problem to persist indefinitely, and here is why: Baptism for the dead is a long-standing practice of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) movement by which they claim the dead are enabled to “enter the Kingdom of God”. Since Mormons are a religious people, and as religions usually demand that people help each other, naturally Mormons are inclined to perform proxy baptisms.  After all, deliberately withholding from the dead the means to a better afterlife would be a nasty, cruel thing to do, no matter what the living think.

    Unfortunately the Mormons are running up against Jewish attitudes towards apostasy, especially forced apostasy, and they are not positive. Throughout history, Jews have been periodically subject to forced conversion to Christianity and Islam, with the forced converts having no choice but to practice Judaism secretly if at all. Those living under such circumstances must live a life of constant deception, coupled with spiritual agony over what they do to stay alive. The sheer horror of the situation is cited repeatedly in Sabbatai Ṣevi: The Mystical Messiah, 1626-1676 by Gershom Scholem, including the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 (resulting in the apostasy of those who did not leave Spain) and how apostasy-guilt fed into the twisted messianic movements of Shabbethai Ṣevi and Jacob Frank.  The Mormon claim that proxy baptism is of no effect without its acceptance by the deceased falls on deaf ears; it still comes off as trying to turn those who died as Jews retroactively into Mormons and merely as another variation on forced conversion.

    The result of this situation:  The Mormons are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.  Given the choice, it is no wonder that agreements to stop proxy baptism keep getting broken.  Do not expect them to stop baptizing the dead ever.
  2. “Will Obama inspire Jewish pride?”: Yes, you can visibly be a minority and still succeed in America.
Today’s news and commentary:Today’s weird thing is Nandor's Exhaustive Chemical Words Pages. Enjoy (or be puzzled why anyone did this) and share the weirdness.

Aaron
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