The perennial controversy over the Mormon Church performing posthumous proxy baptisms on Jews is not only back in the news this week, but highlighting two people who are iconic symbols in their respective religions.
On Tuesday, Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace laureate, called on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to urge his fellow church leaders to stop performing the proxy baptisms.
“I think it’s scandalous,” Wiesel said of the practice after being told of a report that his name had been submitted to a restricted genealogy website as “ready” for posthumous proxy baptism. His call on Romney to speak out is sure to complicate matters for the candidate, who has sought to keep his religious views and beliefs out of the campaign.