Businessweek’s Mormon caricature cover draws fire
The cover is a caricature of a painting that shows John the Baptist blessing Mormon leaders Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.
July 13th, 2012
04:57 PM ET

Businessweek’s Mormon caricature cover draws fire

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN)-– Reaction to a recent Businessweek cover was swift and direct, with some bloggers and commentators going as far as to call the magazine exclusive “bigoted” and “out of bounds.”

The article – titled “How the Mormons Make Money,” by Caroline Winter – is an in-depth look into the business side of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with much attention given to the tax benefits the church enjoys and the extent of its holdings of property and stock in multinational corporations.

The magazine cover, the aspect of the article receiving the most criticism, is a caricature of a well-known Mormon painting that shows John the Baptist blessing two Mormon leaders, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.

Next to John the Baptist is a thought bubble that reads, “… and thou shalt build a shopping mall, own stock in Burger King and open a Polynesian theme park in Hawaii that shall be largely exempt from the frustrations of tax.”

In response, Smith replies, “Hallelujah.”

Michael Purdy, spokesperson for the church, responded to the cover in a statement to CNN, “The Bloomberg Businessweek cover is in such poor taste it is difficult to even find the words to comment on it.”

Purdy’s disapproval extended beyond the cover. He said the article was “biased, inaccurate and speculative” in nature. “The article misses the mark and the cover is obviously meant to be offensive to many, including millions of Latter-day Saints,” Purdy wrote in an e-mail.

Multiple calls and e-mails by CNN to representatives at Bloomberg went unanswered.

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Others reserved their criticism for the magazine's cover. Mormon blogger Joanna Brooks  wrote that while the cover was certain to ruffle some Mormon feathers – it already has – the article was a “generally balanced and straightforward assessment of LDS Church finances and enterprises.”

Even still, Brooks wrote, the shock of the cover image will keep most readers, especially Mormons, from taking the article seriously.

“Today, I’ve been in contact with a few of the sources for the article, and they believe the mocking cover image will lead most Mormons to dismiss the entire article as an anti-Mormon hit piece,” wrote Brooks. “Trying to sell a few magazines, Businessweek destroyed an opportunity for a serious discussion.”

The vastness of the church’s holdings are quite remarkable, especially considering the relative age of the church and the size of its membership, the article says. According to Businessweek, a recent study by Ryan Cragun, a sociology professor at the University of Tampa, estimates the church receives around $8 billion in tithing from members each years and is worth around $40 billion.

Those estimates would be tough to solidify, said Rusty Leonard, CEO of MinistryWatch.com, a site that keeps a database of Christian ministries and nonprofits for donors to use and evaluate.

The IRS does not require churches, which are tax-exempt, to file disclosure forms with the government. Leonard said that makes the totality of church holdings difficult to pinpoint.

“They get tax-free status as a church and they get the freedom to do what they want to do with their money,” Leonard said. This is true, he said, for everything from a local congregation to a large entity like the Catholic Church. But the difference, according to Leonard, is that people can see what is going on in their own congregation, something they can’t necessarily do for an entire religious body.

“When you are talking about an institution, like the Catholic Church or the Mormon Church, if they don’t voluntary disclose, you don’t really know what they are doing,” Leonard said.

When asked about the $40 billion figure provided by Cragun, Doug Anderson, public affairs manager for the Mormon Church, refused to comment.

The idea of Mormon hit pieces has been common in recent months, especially because likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney is a member of the faith, leaving conservatives and Mormons alike to worry that his candidacy will open the door to unfair characterizations of the church.

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Nancy French, a blogger for the website Patheos, spoke to this concern in her column about the cover.

“Can you imagine if they’d made a cover mocking your religion?” French wrote. “It will only get worse between now and November.”

The church-owned and operated Deseret News paper wrote an editorial that not only went after the reporting – “the corners cut in this week's Businessweek story do a disservice,” read the editorial – but also went after the legitimacy of Businessweek itself.

“In an earlier era, Businessweek was known for intelligently introducing its audience to useful conceptual approaches,” the editorial said. “But in this week's edition, Businessweek seemed out of its depth on the very issues it should own.”

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  1. BostonBruinsFan

    Hmmm, I thought it was "Thou shalt own stock in Marriott...".

    July 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Janet

      Thou shalt breed with reckless abandon.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Elaine

      These people would gladly cut off avenues of dissent for gay Americans.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Travis

      Thou shalt fund anti-gay referendums with every penny you can squeeze out of the brainwashed.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Timothy

      If Mormons have been so abused, then why are they thwarting the unalienable rights of gay Americans? Have they learned nothing?

      July 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Bogus

      Shouldn't churches be taxed for non-church investments?

      July 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  2. Doug

    Truth: Yes, you can get information about your questions through http://www.mormon.org.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • truth

      I notice that you do not deny the truth of my questions.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Doug

      What's your question?

      July 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • truth

      Sorry if you can't comprehend what I posted that you responded to... perhaps you should take an English class or 2.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Agnes

      Does that website mention the "Lost Boys"?

      July 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  3. Doug

    I invite anyone to go to http://www.mormon.org to see what Mormons really believe and then compare it to the foul-mouthed, antagonistic trash leveled by bloggers who hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to spew hate-speech. Good people, whether they believe in Mormon theology or not, will come to fair conclusions that are far removed from the conclusions of a few overactive hate-mongers.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • truth

      You mean like baptizing the dead or
      Men who follow the "Church's" teachings getting a planet to rule over like Jesus rules over Earth or
      Women who follow the "church" get a reward of popping out 'spirit babies" for all eternity?

      July 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Zach

      Please! These people funded Proposition 8 in California to the tune of $20 million.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Teddy

      The Mormon church can dish it out, but they can't take the return heat.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Alice

      Building extremely large "heavenly families" here on Earth will surely deplete natural resources.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Adam

      When I think of Mormonism, I think of two words:

      Manifestly fraudulent.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Rettas Vegas

      Well said. Although I'am not LDS, I grew-up in Vegas, and know the LDS very well. They are the salt of the earth.
      Most of them pactice their Christian faith far better than most who clam to be Christians in my town of over 52 years!
      I'am tired of peolpe trying to make them "different" from other Christian faiths, doing so makes those "so called Christains" look uneducated and backward. Before you speak about a religion, know your facts!

      July 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Serita

      Chalk me up as a hate-monger then, because the Mormon church has stepped on my lesbian toes one too many times.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  4. Seamusgirl

    Lining up to take the Mark already? How clever of all of you. Peace

    July 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  5. Robin Bray

    The Mormon church moved west at the time it's leaders were to be arrested for counterfeiting. After establishing itself in Utah the church organized what would latter be called The Valley Meadow Massacre. Settlers traveling west were lured into a trap where mormons dressed as american indians slaughtered all but the most young of the settlers. Children had their throats slashed as a "blood sacrifice". A huge sum of cash was the main target of this act and the youngest children were sent to various families to work on their farms. When the U.S. investigated the slaughter the mormon families who had committed the crimes wanted money for the return of the children. This is all fact. And can be checked in the historical records. the mormon church later worked very had by post dating records to cover up the evidence of the church's leaders in this crime that was the largest murder of U.S. citizens until the events of 9/11. This is the fact not fiction behind the Mormon Church beginnings.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      Yep they DO sound more and more like a "christian" group...

      July 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • ME II

      What are your sources?
      The Mountain Valley Massacre did happen but the details, reasons, and after effects all seem completely ficti.tious.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • ME II

      Sorry, that was Mountain Meadows Massacre.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Doug

      Robin is ok with the murders and crimes perpetrated against Mormons that caused them to flee out west in the first place. Robin also needs to check facts.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • ME II

      "Robin is ok with the murders and crimes perpetrated against Mormons that caused them to flee out west in the first place."
      Sorry, but does that justify the literal massacre "totaling about 120 men, women, and children" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre)?
      This religion claims to revere the commandment "Thou shalt not kill." (http://mormon.org/commandments). There's no '... unless crimes are first committed against you' in front of that.

      "Robin also needs to check facts."
      True, but you might also.

      July 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  6. Carla Vazq


    July 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  7. mark

    Mormons are no better than any other religious cult. They ALL should be wiped off the planet.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Carla Vazq


      July 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Aaron

      Wow. You do see the irony in your post, right? Religious cults use brainwashing and an 'us versus them' mentality to reinforce the idea that anyone who does not believe as they do is the enemy an doomed to eternal suffering...and you said that all cults should be wiped off th face of he earth. You sure you're not a member?

      July 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Doug

      A few of your kind already tried to exterminate the Mormons in the mid-1800's. It didn't work, and I wouldn't recommend that as a course of action these days.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  8. jesseballew

    Well I've been a member of L.D.S. Church for several decades. All Church's & Charitable organizations r subject to the same Tax Law's BTW. Not all Mormons r conservative politicaly. Politicaly I Am kinda left of "Che" myself.Thought the Rep . who made the statement on behalf of The Church was a bit uptight. Joseph Smith him self had a very sharp sence of humor. Personaly I thought The Cover of Business New's was very funny. Of course my Fav Comic is Bill Maher. But those things r not all that serious. War is serious...Death is serious. And like Woody Allen I also am against Death!

    July 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • SurelyUjest

      I wish members of all the major religions could excersize the same sense of humor you seem to be able to regarding this issue. Personally I feel all organized religions should be subject to tax for congregations over 700 ppl and any media advertising and NON- church investments.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  9. Buckyute17

    Stepping in as a non mormon from the state of Utah... I have to say although the cover itself was a little over the top, the article itself was well thought and and for the most part full of accurate information. My father was raised in the mormon church and after looking into it more and more he decided to walk away due to the amount of lies and contrudictions he found. Now don't get me wrong that could be said for any church or organization. But when it is constantly put in your face not only in Utah but around the world as they send out God's Army (missionaries) to in their words "spread the word of God" when in all actuality they are strictly strengthening their portfolio by making another sucker give their 10%, it's impossible not to want to dig deeper and find out what is really going on. I can tell you that living in Utah and having to deal with the influence in everything from the law makers on capital hill as well as just an everyday presents it becomes more and more frustrating to have to live by their rules that they set down on the people of Utah. I hope that it won't be the same if the federal government is taken over by one as well...

    July 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • peter

      Buck–so you are saying they really don't believe the book of mormon is the word of God or their prophet–that they know it's all a scam? Maybe a few do–However, the vast majority of mormons really believe that the book of mormon is the word of God and that joeseph smith was a prophet

      July 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Buckyute17

      Peter- The fact that you found anything in my statement than in any way was thought to have read that they don't believe in the book of mormon or Joseph Smith as a prophet is laughable... No where in the statement did I challenge their belief system on the church itself... But what I was speaking to is the fact that their belief system in everyday life as to what they preach can take a backseat to any type of gain either financial or public perception... I would challenge you to really do your homework and look past faith when entering any type of debate about such matters, put your beliefs aside and dig a little deeper just as my father did. I think you will be supprised in what you find.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  10. Aaron

    I think this is all smoke and mirrors politics, my friends. It seems like both sides of he aisle are unwilling to talk about their weaknesses ( Bain and his wealth for Romney, no real economic recovery for Obama) so they bring up irrelevant issues to paint the opponent as the enemy of all that is fair and good. Who cares what Romney's religious background is? It has been made very clear that it is inappropriate to question Obama's. Does being Mormon make one unfit for office? No. Does being Christian or Muslim? No. And, being a member of a particular faith does not make one like the rest of the members, necessarily. If Obama were a Muslim (which certainly cannot be proven and is contrary to his own words), he could not automatically be called an extremist or terrorist. Likewise, Romney's Mormonism does not make him Warren Jeffs. Let's just ignore all the smokescreen crap from both sides and vote for the most capable, please. If you think that's Obama, then vote for him. If its Romney, vote for him.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • matt in nw

      What wrong with this country is the republican and democrats....the ones in washinton have gotten filthy rich sell the rest of the nation down the river...no recovery for Obama? – all the tools one would need got sent over seas....

      As for Romney? yes.. his religion matters...his father drove AMC into the ground, and lobbied washinton to lower the regs and tariffs on the foreign car companies..just to break the UAW... mormons are notoriously anti union....and heres his son...could possibly be the next president .... you dont think the LDS church has his ear? look at the damage Shrub did- and you never heard much about his denomination... The mormons are quite the hands on church.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  11. peter

    Beware of people claiming testaments of jesus christ be it mormons or anyone else–happens all the time

    July 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  12. Calpurnpiso

    Want to make sense of RELIGION get educated & connect the dots with evidence to back them up?

    Well, let's keep this truth in mind. We humans are evolved mutated primates product of coitus emerging after nine months from our mom's cave having a brain lacking knowledge ( agnostic) or ZombieGodBelief ( atheist).

    The BRAIN is the creator of the bizarre metamagical beliefs at the ROOT of religion and also at the ROOT of schizophrenia.
    Zombie God Belief at the CORE of Christianity is a neurological cognition deficit aberration.
    A child that grows up believing Concept of Winnie the Pooh is REAL despite an eduction then replaces Winnie the Pooh for Zombie JesusChrist, Allah, Angel Moroni or Sauroman deluded concepts no different than those of Winnie the Pooh, Santa or ToothFaity is sign of Brain Malfunction that keeps feeble, malfunctioning brain stuck in the Middle Ages, notice the clothing & rituals of priests which proves me correct. Only children and the very ignorant have an excuse for believing these deluded neurological crap as reality.

    A brain operation will prove me correct. GOD is a creation of the brain, accepting this Irrational Illusion as TRUE is sign of a disease like schizophrenia, TL Epilepsy, Hypoxia, Trauma etc. Brain not the ass create the MIND & the psychosis of ZombieGodBelief which I call ChristPsychosis.

    The truth is Spirit-Soul as believed in ancient times to be Supernatural mumbo jumbo, can be defined today as AIR-GAS in atmosphere & our lungs. Don't breathe the "spirit world" ( AIR) and you'll DIE..pray all you want but the fact is prayers do not work, science theory-facts created by mentally healthy aka atheist scientists to explain nature, do.

    GOD belief is a neurological Disorder ( Borna like Virus?) not unlike schizoaffective disorder where false DELUDED beliefs are accepted as TRUE. A Psychosis.

    People of FAITH are people of Schizophrenia. Have a Christian discuss hi/her faith along a schizophrenia sufferer discuss his/hers faith...one then will see that their FAITHS are ONE and the SAME. To the ReligiousPsychotic 2+2= any number they think it is except 4.
    ReligionFaith is organized schizophrenia. Neurology clearly proves it.We must realize we are in the 21st Century NOT the 12th. I know truth hurts. It always does...but if the shoe fits wear it...

    Calpurnpiso, a mentally healthy aka atheist primate telling it like it is.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Aaron

      It's sad to see how worked up one can get over something that does not exist, aka nothing. This rant is the equivalent of me going off to prove the Ancient Alien quacks on History Channel wrong. Fruitless, pointless, and a complete waste of effort and time. But, hey, just think of all the schizo Christians who just totally abandoned their fath because of your post. Bravo!

      July 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • OTOH


      Believers DO exist, however... and they affect our daily lives.

      If "Ancient Alien Quacks" were trying to run your government and your schools, push their beliefs into every area of your life and continuously berate you for not believing them, I'll just bet you would have a thing or two to say about it.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • liz

      Are you hearing voices? Your rants sounds psychotic. Get help.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  13. Camels and Needle Eyes

    Nice to know that Xians don't actually read the bible, so they must not believe it, the liars. They just pretend so they can fit in with the rest of their friends. Because if they did, they'd know that Romney and the rest of the filthy rich Xians (can't get that pic of him with money in his mouth out of my head) are doomed to his imaginary hell – there's that whole "it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven" thingie EVERY Xian (and yes, Mormons ARE Xians, it's in the name of their cult, so hush on that) forgets! Why do they all ignore that, hmm? It's pick and choose, isn't it? Hypocrites, the lot of most cultists. Another reason I steer clear of them all.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Aaron

      Your criticism of Christians as ignorant, while somewhat true, also shows your ignorance. The statement that Jesus made uses hyperbole to express the severe difficulty – not impossibility- of this venture. Thus, not all rich are doomed to hell. In fact, the last chapter in the Bible lists those who are not in Heaven and does not mention the rich. Jesus ate with tax collectors and those labled as 'sinners' by the self-righteous religious elite, and he himself stated that anyone who believes in Jesus can have eternal life. Again, this would, by definition, include the rich. Ironically, it is humility that sits at he core of much of what Jesus calls us to. It would be wise to remember this when correcting others, as it is likely to prevent critical statements of others that exposé that very fault in one's self.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Camels and Needle Eyes

      You can't deny what the bible reads. Sorry, but wiggling around it does not help. You can try, but it just makes you look desperate and hypocritical. Jesus wanted everyone to forsake their families, give away their earthly goods, and follow him and his teachings. He taught humility. The bible states what the bible states. It is not up for your interpretation.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • That's What's Up

      which bible are you talking about....? ...there are so many to choose from, depending on one's mood

      July 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Camels and Needle Eyes

      Does it matter? You are on a computer, you can google it, I'm sure. There are so many, I can't keep up. And they keep retranslating and reupdating them "for modern times", who can keep up? From recent memory, I believe I last read it in KJV. And that's another thing, ever notice we non-believers know that ridiculous book better (and have actually read it) than the believers? I posit that if every believer would read the darn thing, they'd change their hymn, too.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • open cinnamon shoe

      First off if you had actually read the KJV I find it incredibly hard to beleive that you could invest the time and effort into reading it (1300+ pages of tiny font size) and not remember which version it was. Do you expect me to believe you have read more than one version and you get confused?

      Second the eye of the needle is the entry into the town He was in when that verse was first uttered. The camel had to lower his head to get "through the eye of the needle". Not knowing that makes your KJV bible read even more laughable.

      Finally, I challenge you to support that you know more about the bible than I do. Your lack of understanding of the content in the bible as you simultaneously espouse superior knowledge about something you obviously hate (yet spend months or years supposedly studying to gain your self reported superiority) is laughable.

      July 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  14. Tessa

    As a non-Mormon living in Utah...the picture rang true to me. The LDS church owns mass amounts of our state (real estate, shopping malls, even bought a portion of Main Street in Salt Lake), dictates our legislature and governor, and is run more like the lucrative business that it is than a church. With that said, the followers are generally good and kind people, just blindly led. It is not their nature to question anything and therefore, the "church" dictates everything and they gladly follow.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Happy Jack

      At least your Main St. wasn't bought by China!

      July 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  15. Doug

    I invite anyone to go to http://www.mormon.org to see what Mormons really believe and then compare it to the foul-mouthed, antagonistic trash leveled by bloggers who hide behind the anonymity of the Internet to spew hate-speech. Good people, whether they believe in Mormon theology or not, will come to fair conclusions that are far removed from the conclusions of a few overactive hate-mongers.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Welcome to the modern media's attack on faith. They are not required to be accurate, only repetative.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • ME II

      "I invite anyone to go to http://www.mormon.org to see what Mormons really believe..."
      I'm not certain to which "bloggers" you refer, but to believe that Joseph Smith was given, by angels, the location of golden plates inscribed in an unknown language which he translated with "seer" stones as the Book of Mormon, seems quite unbelievable. Many other beliefs are equaly unlikely.

      When Joseph Smith was 21 years old, an angel named Moroni gave him the ancient records. Joseph had little formal education and was unfamiliar with the ancient language written on the metal sheets of gold, but he was able to translate them because God gave him the gift and power to do so.

      Also, that there were two stones in silver bows—and these stones, fastened to a abreastplate, consti[.]tuted what is called the bUrim and Thummim—deposited with the plates; and the possession and use of these stones were what consti[.]tuted c“seers” in ancient or former times; and that God had prepared them for the purpose of translating the book.

      7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

      10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Madtown

      Bill Deacon
      Welcome to the modern media's attack on faith. They are not required to be accurate, only repetative.
      Just like religion!

      July 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  16. Jayson

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is actively involved in natural disasters world wide. Unlike other faiths members are allowed to choose where there money goes, whether that be to support a missionary from the church they attend, education money for those who meet the criteria, and if they want to donate to various relief funds.

    Your assessment of this church shows how bigoted and clueless you yourself are.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • That's What's Up

      they should send Jimmer Ferdette on a mormon mission to find some defense

      July 16, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  17. Nancy

    It's called "Free Speech"!!!

    July 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  18. Cleetus

    Don some magic underwear, Romney the Prep School Bully, and let's see how lucky you are in November.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  19. Disgusted by Mormons

    Did you know that these freaks, the Mormons, steal names from the social security records of all people who have passed away, then posthumously baptise them into their church? You have zero control over it. I looked up several people I know who have passed away who are not Mormons, including MY MOTHER, and yep, they've been baptised Mormons. That just creeps me the hell out. They even did that to Romney's father in law, who was disgusted by the church. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth thinking about how sickening this practice is. If you doubt me, look up the social security number death records, they have a website with a record of all deaths (these are the people they have baptised into their church after they have died under the guise of an "ancestry" data base).

    July 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • ME II

      Although this seems to me to be one the sillier practices in religion, I don't see how it can be considered stealing. Are not the names taken from public records?

      July 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Serious

      If you would look deeper into it the Mormon people believe that they are giving those who have passed on the opportunity to accept or reject said baptism. Choice is an integral part of Gods plan and if the person hates the church and wishes to not accept the baptism done for them so be it. before you spew all the hate read a little more and come to an understanding.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Forrest Hall

      Mormons believe that those who have not had the opportunity to do so, can be saved through vicarious baptism work. However, the baptism ordinance alone is not sufficient for a person to be saved. The deceased has the option whether to accept the ordinance or not (or so goes Mormon theology on the matter).

      July 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Disgusted by Mormons

      The deceased has options? LMFAO This is ridiculous! The point is not about the dead person. They are DEAD. It is about respecting the wishes of the family. It is about respecting whatever rites happened before the person died, and not countering them after death, because that UPSETS THE LIVING FAMILY. If America gets wind of this practice, and mark my words, they will, there will be outrage. Especially from fellow cultists, the born again Christians. Look out, Mormons, they will be piiiissssed! You are disrespecting the families' actions and wishes of their family members, and undoing (at your bidding, like you can actually talk to the dead person? Is THAT what you're saying, liars?) whatever religious ritual they had done (or not done). Do you not understand how disrespectful and downright creepy that is?

      July 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • C. of S.

      Wait until Disgusted hears they have done this "service" for Holocaust victims. His/Her head will explode.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Disgusted by Mormons

      Her, and KA-BOOM! Owie! I did not know that. Just gross.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • ME II

      @Disgusted by Mormons,
      "If America gets wind of this practice, and mark my words, they will, there will be outrage."
      This has been known for many years.
      The Anti-Defamation League has even negotiated the removal of victims of the Holocaust form the list of the proxy baptism list, although compliance isn't 100%.
      Research first, then get outraged.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • open cinnamon shoe

      Disgusted, you will be further disgusted by this: I'll pray for your soul.

      God bless.

      July 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  20. CarrotCakeMan

    Mormon leadership has been caught red-handed committing criminal acts in violation of campaign finance and disclosure laws that has poisoned our political process. No amount of insisting "But we do charitable work!" which is ONLY given to Mormons will excuse their leadership's criminal acts. If Mormons don't like being held up for public ridicule, they should stop trying to force their ugly, unAmerican "beliefs" onto all other Americans by throwing elections.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • upset

      You've made some pretty heavy accusations that will be proven to be baseless. The people voted and it didn't go your way, your just looking for a scapegoat to blame.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Dr. Hemlock

      Not worried! They will find the gate to heaven locked on judgement day! You cannot worship both God and money!

      July 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Serious

      Only given to Mormons? you probaly are angry because they take care of their congregation first. but i do remeber Topeka floods of 2007 when missionaries from their church helped gut and remodel houses of all those effected to ensure no mold would grow. I find it interesting that you speak of the "unamerican beliefs" and throwing elections with no proof either.

      July 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
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