Some Mormons baptized Obama’s dead mother


This is an amazing intrusion by one religion into a White House family.

Or add your own description of its significance.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

President Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, who died in 1995, was baptized posthumously into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last year during her son's campaign, according to Salt Lake City-based researcher Helen Radkey.

Mormons often do such "proxy baptisms" of dead people -- without permission from relatives of the dead.

And it's highly controversial ...

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