by Josh Gross
The Magic Valley's Times-News is reporting that a researcher in Utah recently found out that a Mormon temple in Twin Falls performed a proxy baptism for Daniel Pearl last summer. Pearl was a Jewish writer whose beheading in Pakistan while reporting for The Wall Street Journal in 2002 was videotaped and distributed online by Islamic extremists.
The proxy baptism was performed without his family's knowledge or consent, and is yet another public-relations blow to the Mormon Church, which has taken consistent heat for its members' baptisms of holocaust victims, despite repeated calls from the church to halt the practice.
From the article:
Reached by phone, Pearl’s mother, Ruth, said she and her husband were dismayed when informed of the ceremony by a reporter from the Boston Globe, which first reported the news. According to the paper, the researcher is Helen Radkey, an excommunicated Mormon who combs through church archives.
“We realize that the Mormon ministers who baptized our son posthumously meant to offer him salvation in the most honorable way they know how,” she said in statement. “To them we say: We appreciate your good intentions but rest assured that Danny’s soul was redeemed through the life that he lived and the values that he upheld. He lived as a proud Jew, died as a proud Jew and is currently facing his creator as a Jew—blessed, accepted and redeemed.”
Officials from the Twin Falls temple told the Times-News they were looking into the matter and could not confirm or deny the act.