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Isn't it a little late to baptize Anne Frank?

Apparently, those guys with the bikes, freshly-pressed white shirts and black ties are at it again. The Mormons posthumously baptized Anne Frank. Allegedly.


Don't know who Anne Frank is? She's the Jewish girl who wrote a diary during her family's time in hiding from the ***. Her diary and death in a concentration camp made her a symbol of the Holocaust.


Frank was supposedly baptized into the Mormon church at a temple in the Dominican Republic by a member of the Mormon church. Frank's name has been submitted at least a dozen times for a proxy baptism, and the ritual has been done at least nine times since 1989. This time is different, according to a witness, because her name has been added to a database that can be used for genealogy. 


The Mormon church has vowed in the past to stop proxy baptisms, and made a pact with Jewish leaders that the church would not conduct the ritual for any more Jews. The ritual last Saturday at Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple violates that pact.


A statement from the Mormon church reads: "The church keeps its word and is absolutely firm in its commitment to not accept the names of Holocaust victims for proxy baptism."


Officials of the Mormon church have said they are distressed that an individual would willfully violate church policy. Church officials have also issued a formal apology for the posthumous baptist of Holocaust victims. 


Here's the thing: this is more about those alive than dead. Those who are being posthumously baptized could not possibly care less. Those who are doing the baptizing are doing it for the notoriety, not for the "good" of the deceased. And those who are arguing about it are arguing because they like to argue. Simple as that. 


Get over yourself, people. Stop trying to get 15 minutes of fame off a dead person. It's disgusting. 

Posted: Feb 23 2012, 12:52 PM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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Is Braille on the way out?

Smartphones are, apparently, responsible for the diminishing of the use of Braille among the blind youth of today. Who knew?


For about 200 years, Braille has helped the blind read and live independently. But there are those who say that smartphones and other technology have made it so much easier for young people to get by without learning it – these critics say there is an ever-swelling surge of Braille illiteracy. 


According to the experts, only about 10 percent of the blind population can read Braille. Not surprising, when you consider that a blind person can easily download an audio book from iTunes. And smartphones can be equipped with screenreaders that turn text into spoken language. 


But will smartphones and the like be the end of Braille? Who knows?


Helen Keller must be rolling over in her grave right now. 

Posted: Feb 16 2012, 02:08 PM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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