Tags: Pearl | murdered | Mormon | Baptized

Mormons Baptized Murdered Reporter Pearl Posthumously

Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 03:08 PM

By Marti Lotman

Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter murdered by terrorists in Pakistan after the Sept. 11 attacks, has joined the list of famous people posthumously baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to records a researcher uncovered in Utah, reports The Boston Globe.

Records show that Pearl was baptized by proxy on June 1, 2011, at a Mormon church in Twin Falls, Idaho, according to Helen Radkey, an excommunicated Mormon who studies the church’s archives.

Pearl, who was Jewish, is among many other Jews, including Anne Frank, and people of other religious traditions, including Mahatma Gandhi, whom Mormon church members have baptized posthumously. Mormons believe posthumous baptism by proxy rites allows deceased people to receive the Gospel in the afterlife.

Pearl’s parents, Judea and Ruth, expressed chagrin about the Mormon action.

“To them we say: We appreciate your good intentions, but rest assured that Danny’s soul was redeemed through the life that he lived and the values that he upheld,” the couple said in an email.

“He lived as a proud Jew, died as a proud Jew, and is currently facing his creator as a Jew, blessed, accepted, and redeemed. For the record, let it be clear: Danny did not choose to be baptized, nor did his family consent to this un-called-for ritual.”

The Mormon tradition has riled members of many traditions, especially Jews because of Mormons’ baptisms of Holocaust victims. A 1995 agreement between the Mormon church and Jews barred the practice, although some Mormons continue to do so.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

UC Davis Ebola Case? Adult Patient With Virus' Symptoms Admitted

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 20:25 PM

A patient with Ebola-like symptoms was admitted to UC Davis Medical Center in California on Thursday in "good" condition . . .

Mummified Mongolian Monk Found Sitting in Lotus Position

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 19:54 PM

A mummified Mongolian Buddhist monk, which may be as many as 200 years old, has been discovered sitting in a lotus medit . . .

Ohio State Patrol Marijuana Bust: 235 Pounds Worth $1.2M Recovered

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 19:34 PM

Ohio State Patrol officers recovered 235 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $1.2 million during a traffic st . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved