There's a noticeable streak of Mormon libertarianism in the West, and the Ron Paul campaign has actively courted that vote. While Republican Mitt Romney retains strong support among many of his faith, others see their religion more in line with a much smaller-government approach to politics.
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel's name and those of his father and grandfather appeared on a list used to select people for posthumous Mormon baptisms. Wiesel is calling on Mitt Romney to use his stature as perhaps the nation's most prominent Mormon to condemn the practice. Romney has not commented.
An ongoing controversy over a fundamental Mormon practice now threatens to affect the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney, a faithful Mormon. Mormons believe in posthumous baptisms that offer their version of Christianity to deceased souls. Some Mormons have conducted the rite for prominent Jews and Holocaust victims. But that's prompted Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel to call on Romney to denounce the practice. Robert Siegel talks to Howard Berkes, who explains the Mormon baptism ritual and the two decade controversy over the baptism of Jews.
In What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Nathan Englander writes about his own faith — and what it means to be Jewish — in stories that explore religious tension, Israeli-American relations and the Holocaust.
A student in Cranston, R.I., sued the city over a banner in the high school auditorium. She started receiving death threats after a federal judge ruled in her favor, ordering the banner removed. The school board is expected to decide Thursday whether to appeal the judge's ruling.
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