Mormon Church investigates baptism of Obama’s mother

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is investigating the posthumous “baptism” of President Barack Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, as a “serious breach” of religious code, a spokeswoman said.

Church records published by a liberal blog, Americablog, show that Dunham, who died in 1995, was baptised last June 4 in Provo, Utah, and received endowment, another sacrament, a week later.

“The offering of baptism to our deceased ancestors is a sacred practice to us and it is counter to Church policy for a Church member to submit names for baptism for persons to whom they are not related,” said spokeswoman Kim Farah in an emailed statement. “The Church is looking into the circumstances of how this happened and does not yet have all the facts. However, this is a serious matter and we are treating it as such.”

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2 Responses to Mormon Church investigates baptism of Obama’s mother

  1. Shae says:

    Uhhh, so if they find out she was "wrongly baptized" what are they going to do about it? Dig her up and spit on her? What a waste of time and money.

  2. Seth R. says:

    Such baptisms merely consist of reading the person's name in a temple ceremony. To remove her from the Church records for an improper ordinance would be a simple matter – few mouse clicks probably.

    Secondly, doing such an ordinance does not automatically make the person a Mormon. We keep a database that says whether such ordinances have been performed. These are not membership records. The ordinance merely OFFERS itself to the deceased person. They can choose to accept it or not, as they wish.

    Finally, a point of interest – it turns out that Obama's mother actually does have Mormon ancestry. Check this link for more:

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