Late-Night Comedians Vs. Mormon Proxy Baptism

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A recent post on BW's blog that referenced the Mormon practice of posthumous baptism raised a bit of a stir with commenters. That post included a mention of a website that turned the tables on the practice by offering to posthumously convert dead Mormons to homosexuality.

Recently, late-night comedians have taken the same issue in different directions.

After reports of the possible baptism of the world's most famous Holocaust victim Anne Frank, and a call by famous writer Elie Wiesel for Mitt Romney to speak out on the issue, late-night comedian Stephen Colbert took up proxy baptisms on his show, using a hot dog and a cigar clipper to give posthumous proxy circumcisions to dead Mormons and turn them "into dead Jews."

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Comedian Bill Maher, host of the HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher, performed an "unbaptism" on a recent episode of his show to reverse the proxy baptism performed on avowed atheist Edward Davies, Mitt Romney's father-in-law.

Maher used the "power granted to him by the Blair Witch" to call on Seal Team 666 to rescue Davies from Planet Kolob.