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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Dunking 'Do Nots' Denied

From Salt Lake City (Utah) Weekly of Oct. 20, 2005:

Font of Frustration

After years of prodding the LDS Church over its baptismal records, Helen Radkey alleges she’s been locked out of the church database.


by Jamie Gadette

Just call Helen Radkey obsessed.

The local independent researcher spent the greater part of 11 years monitoring The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ baptismal records for names of Jewish Holocaust victims, survivors and famous Jews. During that period, she found evidence that church officials have repeatedly broken and renewed promises to stop “dunking,” or subjecting the names of deceased Jews to the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead.

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This May, Radkey discovered that, among other prominent figures, Anne Frank is still on record for posthumous cleansing under God. Then, shortly afterward, Radkey alleges she was blocked from accessing the LDS Church’s database of posthumous baptisms, the International Genealogical Index (IGI). Prior to the alleged lockout, however, she collected evidence supporting claims that, when it comes to respecting Jewish requests, the LDS Church is all talk.

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