When asked by Newsweek if he has done baptisms for the dead—in which Mormons find the names of dead people of all faiths and baptize them, as an LDS representative says, to “open the door” to the highest heaven—he looked slightly startled and answered, “I have in my life, but I haven’t recently.” – The Daily Beast (an interview from 2008)
So, we find out that Mitt Romney has participated in the baptismal of the dead. But he hasn’t “recently”?
This is a serious question any presidential candidate would have to answer. Barack Obama has been asked questions about his religion relentlessly, called a Muslim. Mr. Romney deserves no special treatment on the subject.
I’ve called Mitt Romney’s Boston headquarters, but all you get is an answering machine where you can leave a message.
I’ve tweeted Kevin Madden, who has been a Romney man going back to 2004.
I’ve also tweeted Mitt Romney’s press secretary on the issue.
This is a story that could be a killer for Mitt Romney, but will Rick Santorum run with it?
Who will be the first in the elite media to pick up this line of questioning that I’ve begun?
TM NOTE: Let me add here what I said during a conversation on Twitter. Does the media get to choose which politicians get asked tough questions about his or her religion and what questions will be asked? The traditional media was all over candidate Obama about Jeremiah Wright, which I covered extensively as well. There is absolutely no reason not to ask what are obvious questions of Mitt Romney, especially given the backdrop of the Weisel revelations and subsequent apology by the Mormon Church. Cable talking heads are uncomfortable asking about Romney’s religion why, exactly? If religion is going to be a seminal part of our political process, which Rush and Sean Hannity make it daily, as do talking heads like Joe Scarborough, making wild links between contraceptive mandate and female Southern Baptist deacons being mandated by the fed, then honest questions are worth asking of Mr. Romney. annity brings up Rev. Jeremiah Wright still, so why is Mr. Romney’s prior involvement in baptizing the dead not an appropriate question and topic to explore? Disclosure: my husband Mark is a recovering Mormon and has six children, all Mormon, whom I love dearly.