Daniel Pearl, the Jewish-American Wall Street Journal reporter notoriously executed by terrorists in Pakistan in the months after 9/11, has been posthumously baptized by Mormons, reports the Boston Globe.
Helen Radkey, an excommunicated Mormon who combs through the church’s archives, said that records indicate Pearl, who was Jewish, was baptized by proxy on June 1, 2011 at a Mormon temple in Twin Falls, Idaho.
“It’s a lack of respect for Danny and a lack of respect for his parents,” Pearl’s widow Mariane told the Globe. “Danny would laugh…because it’s silly. It’s a bit surreal…But there is a more serious concern behind it, of respecting people’s identity and integrity.”
Mariane Pearl also called on Mitt Romney to use his sway with the Mormon church to publicly condemn the posthumous baptisms of Jews without the consent of their estates.
Pearl isn’t the first Jewish figure targeted for posthumous conversion by Mormons in recent months. Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal’s parents, writer Elie Wiesel’s father and grandfather and Anne Frank (are you fucking serious?) were all baptized by proxy in the past two months.