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Proxy LDS baptisms: Founding Fathers, too – Salt Lake Tribune

May 7th, 2009 Comments off


President Barack Obama’s mom isn’t alone.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, in fact all of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and even Christopher Columbus — all have been baptized posthumously into the LDS Church.

With the revelation that Obama’s late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was baptized by proxy last year in the faith’s Provo temple, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it is "counter to church policy for a church member to submit names for baptism for persons to whom they are not related."

Proxy LDS baptisms: Founding Fathers, too – Salt Lake Tribune

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More All The Kings Men

June 22nd, 2008 Comments off

Back in March of this year,  I blogged about an article that appeared at that time in the Guardian (UK) regarding John McCain’s possible relationship to the historic Robert Bruce, King of Scotland. The Guardian article referred to this possible relationship as "wonderful fiction" and "baloney". The other day I came across the website of Mark Humphrys, HumphrysFamilyTree.com.
Mark makes an excellant argument as to why the Guardian article is more "baloney" than the idea that Senator McCain might be a relative of Robert Bruce. As he points out the Guardian article is very skewed in its approach to debunking something that is fact really not worthy being debunked. In another blog Mark discusses a similar article that appeared in The Guardian in 2005 regarding George Bush.

In January 2005, The Guardian printed an article of genealogical nonsense about Republican US President George W. Bush’s descent from Strongbow. They enjoyed associating Bush with the invader and villain Strongbow. They declined to print my letter of corrections.

In March 2008, The Guardian were back again, with another article of genealogical nonsense about the new Republican candidate for the US Presidency, John McCain. They attack claims by the McCain family to be connected to Robert the Bruce. They declined to print my letter of corrections.

In both articles they attempt to make the Republican look bad. Dare I suspect that they write this stuff because they don’t like Republicans?

Please see The "John McCain and Robert the Bruce" controversy of 2008 by Mark Humphry

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Catholic Church Closes Books To Mormons

May 25th, 2008 Comments off

From the Catholic News Service (CNS) dated May 2:

In an effort to block posthumous rebaptisms by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Catholic dioceses throughout the world have been directed by the Vatican not to give information in parish registers to the Mormons’ Genealogical Society of Utah.

An April 5 letter from the Vatican Congregation for Clergy, obtained by Catholic News Service in late April, asks episcopal conferences to direct all bishops to keep the Latter-day Saints from microfilming and digitizing information contained in those registers.

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All the Kings Men

March 26th, 2008 Comments off

It was recently reported in the Guardian (UK) that John McCain is NOT a descendant of the 13th century Scottish King, Robert Bruce. McCain’s links to Scottish king shot down by experts

Asked by the Guardian to investigate McCain’s past, genealogists and medieval historians described the link to Robert the Bruce as "wonderful fiction" and "baloney".

Hmmmm… I was thinking of voting for Robert Bruce, but if he and McCain are not related then this changes everything. Yet, Senator McCain should not feel bad about being outed for NOT being related to a famous Scot. I, too, am NOT related to another famous Scot to whom it was once a family tradition that we were related.

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