This seems to come up from time to time, and especially with Romney in the 2012 Presidential race, you just had to assume it would.
The last I heard was that the Mormon Church baptized Barack Obama's grandmother as soon as she died. And I just tried to check to see if they'd baptized MY grandmother who died in 2009.
But I couldn't find the website that I used to use for genealogy: it would list a person and their parents if known and that persons date of birth and death if known. However, almost every individual had a LDS Baptism date.
Another famous nonbeliever, Christopher Hitchens, wrote in Slate on Monday about “the weird and sinister belief system of the LDS,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Aside from Joseph Smith, whom Hitchens calls “a fraud and conjurer well known to the authorities in upstate New York,” the writer also wonders about the Mormon practice of amassing archives of the dead and “praying them in” as a way to “retrospectively ‘baptize’ everybody as a convert.”
Hitchens noted that they “got hold of a list of those put to death by the Nazis’ Final Solution” and “began making these massacred Jews into honorary LDS members as well.” He called it “a crass attempt at mass identity theft from the deceased.”
The Mormons even baptized Anne Frank.
It took Ernest Michel, then chairman of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, three years to get Mormons to agree to stop proxy-baptizing Holocaust victims.
Mormons desisted in 1995 after Michel, as the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported, “discovered that his own mother, father, grandmother and best childhood friend, all from Mannheim, Germany, had been posthumously baptized.”
Michel told the news agency that “I was hurt that my parents, who were killed as Jews in Auschwitz, were being listed as members of the Mormon faith.”
Richard Bushman, a Mormon who is a professor emeritus of history at Columbia University, said that after “the Jewish dust-up,” Mormons “backed away” from “going to extravagant lengths to collect the names of every last person who ever lived and baptize them — even George Washington.” Now they will do it for Mormons who bring a relative or ancestor’s name into the temple, he said.
Now, to be clear, it's NOT because Romney is a Mormon that I wouldn't support him as President...well to be clear I wouldn't anyway because he's a GOP-business man who'd like us to return to a Gilded Age circa 1899.
But it isn't because he's a Mormon per se. It's that Mormons do this kind of sneaky, underhanded, immoral bullshit that I don't support or like or whathaveyou Mitt Romney. It's that Mormons went out of their way to insure the defeat of Marriage Equality in California. It's that many Mormons can still have upteen wives while I can't even have one husband. And that Mitt Romney CHOOSES to be a part of that.
I didn't CHOOSE to be gay (I just chose to fabulous at it), but Mitt Romney CHOSE to be a Mormon, and yet I'm the one denied rights.