by Josh Gross
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."
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.