The Romneys converted Mitt’s dead atheist father-in-law to Mormonism



I am an atheist, and I wouldn't want anyone "converting" me after my death. As if I'd even know or care, right? But I do now, it's the thought that counts, and I don't appreciate that kind of thought, or action for that matter.

Via Gawker:

Ann Romney's Welsh-born father (who Mitt mentioned in last night's debate to shore up his pro-immigrant bona fides) was an engineer, inventor, and resolute atheist who disdained all organized religion and raised his children accordingly.

So what did the Romneys do? Respect her father, who he was, his clearly defined viewpoints? Nah, why would they do that?

No, they tried to convert the guy, his daughter (Willard's now-wife) and other family members. Most did convert, but not father-in-law Edward Davies.

But then he had to go and die.

According to this entry in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' genealogical database, Davies was baptized as a Mormon at a "special family meeting" 14 months after his death. [...]

[I]t's an exceedingly odd way for the Romney family to honor the memory of a man who was committed, for his entire life, to the notion that organized religion is a fraud.

Speaking of frauds.

Hey, Romneys:

  • Edward Davies: "You can pry my belief-system from my cold, dead hands"
    Mittens: "Okie-dokie"

    It's not just Mormons, Evangelicals are doing the same.  In fact, if Mormonts can do this, what's to stop any creed, sect, cult from overriding the Romney's postmortem-conversion, ad-nauseum?

  • Shad325

    I've never heard of something so bizzare

  • If he would show that kind of contempt for the beliefs of anyone else, let alone someone who had held those beliefs firmly through their Death, what level of scorn and disdain would he heap upon the beliefs of the American people? Clearly this demonstrates that he has no consideration for the beliefs of others - that if he could decide what their beliefs would be by his choice, he would. That makes an assumption of the belief in his own dictatorial powers.

  • My dear friend and matron-of-honor when we were married 14 years ago, was posthumously baptized as Mormon 6 months after she suddenly died. Susan's wonderful daughter converted and then married a Mormon a dozen years ago. Wonderful people they are, Susan's own mother has now disowned her grandaughter for having done such a thing, grandma being a professor of theology and daughter of an Episcopalian preacher.

    So much for family dinners.

    I mean, this from the folks who posthumously baptized David ben-Gurion for Pete's sake!

  • After my Mom died, her brother requested permission to have her baptized. He is a Mormon. They believe no one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven without a baptism. They will baptize the deceased without converting them to Mormonism, however a baptism is necessary.  My Uncle didn't want to go to heaven without her, but I produced her baptismal certificate which made him feel better and he withdrew his request. I'm not sure what I would have done if she had been an atheist. I knew enough to understand that IF there was such a thing as an afterlife, she would have wanted to be wherever this particular brother spent it. I have thanked my lucky stars that she had made her decision a long time ago and had been baptized.