Earlier this year, I broke a series of stories about the Mormon practice of posthumous baptism of Holocaust victims and what that might mean for Mitt Romney’s presidential prospects in states with large Jewish populations like Florida. We will know later today whether the controversy had any impact on the results — the Jewish vote will be key in battleground states like Florida and Ohio — but the details remain interesting no matter who wins today’s election.
In addition to Anne Frank, I reported that over-zealous Mormons have also performed proxy baptism on Mahatma Gandhi and even tapped the still-living Elie Wiesel for the rite. In an exclusive interview with the Nobel Peace Prize winner, I reported Wiesel’s demand that candidate Romney “speak to his own church and say they should stop” performing posthumous proxy baptisms on Jews. My reporting also included a piece on the alleged harassment of the whistle-blowing former Mormon who uncovered the baptisms.
I talked about what I found on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on Feb. 28, 2012. You can listen to the interview here: