Historically, these beliefs were kept within the bounds of the religious group and no one was the wiser.
Either way, the issue is really what should the Mormon Church do about its abhorrent belief that they should baptize dead non-Mormons?
Sometimes religious people have abhorrent beliefs or ideas that are not essential to their religion.
The second approach is to interpret abhorrent beliefs in a way that makes them less abhorrent. Which all leads to the most fascinating question of all: When these abhorrent beliefs are exposed or shared with outsiders and they make us look bad or old-fashioned, or immoral, or bigoted in the eyes of those outsiders is that a desecration of God’s Name?
The mission of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), founded in 1978, is to serve as a catalyst for socially engaged Buddhism. Katie Loncke and Dawn Haney of Buddhist Peace Fellowship, based in Berkeley, California, came to Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in Carmel Valley, California this summer and gave a two-day talk on how to incorporate Buddhist practice with social justice. The talk was about an hour and a half long, and it was an active discussion—the audience participated reciprocally which made the talk less tedious and interesting. Katie and Dawn moderated the discussion skillfully, and controversial topics—such as racial discrimination, the myth of the American dream, income inequality and meritocracy—were raised.
A blind spot or shadow in Buddhist communities is to keep harmony and ignore subtle but blatant inequities or immoral actions. How does that account for criminal law, education and politics statistics showing the exact opposite?
Anti-oppression moves us beyond tolerance or comfort, with diversity toward active redistribution of power. Katie gave an example of how this theory was put into practice when she helped coordinate a protest in front of the police station in Oakland. In this protest, the black protesters were on the sidewalks and other areas, so that they could not be arrested—while white and Asian allies were blocking the traffic where they could potentially be arrested. Katie and Dawn gave me hope that positive change can happen, and it can be done in a compassionate, non-violent way.
I will now reveal my unconscious, implicit racial bias—by revealing that I was doubtful that Dawn, a white female, could possibly understand the injustice, when she was not a minority herself.

And then I realized, even though she didn’t experience the injustice first-hand, she could still support the cause to alleviate the inequities caused by discrimination.
Anyone—no matter what race, religion or gender—deserves my respect if they are willing to dedicate their work, time and energy, in taking a stand against injustice. Stephanie Lee is a native Californian, raised in Southern California and earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley.
By and large, people didn’t have access to religious texts and codes of other religions. This doesn’t always work, and could rankle the feathers of the more traditionalist among us, but when it works, it works well. Our purpose is to help beings liberate themselves from the suffering that manifests in individuals, relationships, institutions, and social systems.
It is common for people to escape to Buddhist communities from their previous lives due to relationship, family or financial problems.
This was a protest to criticize the decision to not indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, the young unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri last August.
This sent the message that the black people were law-abiding citizens, and that the white and Asian allies were willing to break the law, at the gross injustice of this country’s legal system, to minimize the importance of Michael Brown’s life. Katie and Dawn were young 20-something-year-olds, and they had optimistic energy and the ability to analyze the circumstances realistically. She lived in Michigan, where she learned to embrace all four seasons, and Mexico City, Mexico, where she learned to embrace simplicity and honesty.
And while on the topic of Mormons, let’s not forget the comment made by a presidential candidate aide dismissing all Mormons as non-Christians.
Most of them have either been reinterpreted or require circumstances that are not currently at play.
These are social conventions that are more likely the result of years of persecution, insularity, and fear as opposed to drawn from religious texts. BPF's programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change. They emphasized that we should work with mudita—sympathetic joy, part of the Brahmavihara, or sublime attitudes or virtues—to prevent anger and burn-out in working against the face of injustice.

Whether they concern non-members of the religion, women, slavery, genocide or the afterlife, many religious beliefs are upsetting to members of other religions. Television and the Internet have made us all virtual neighbors. Enemies used to be neighbors or neighboring territories. Anyway, the Church of Latter Day Saints has a practice of baptizing all sorts of people who are dead.
Some people want to accelerate those circumstances and create the environment that would allow and require those abhorrent beliefs be put into practice. Thus, the social conventions that may make a belief seem abhorrent are really false and true morality only exists in God’s commandments.
To keep sane she meditates, does yoga, reads fiction, goes to nature and surrounds herself with people who somehow keep realistic and positive despite hardship for inspiration. It really is a little twisted to think about baptizing people who were killed simply because they were Jews! More recent texts are likely to mix the two and then provide sources for new abhorrent beliefs that are not intrinsic to the religion. Over on Hirhurim, R’ Norman Lamm is quoted and I direct your attention there (Hirhurim) as his answer is not relevant to this discussion.
They base it on sources in the Old and New (sic) Testament and in their eyes it is a beautiful honor to the deceased. Why should it bother me if they say some magic words that in my opinion accomplish absolutely nothing?
When it was discovered (again) that they were posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims, outrage ensued. It also seems incongruous that God would create humans who would develop over time into beings whose sense of morality is at odds with God’s word.

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