John Yewell and the Mormon/Jewish/Baptism Conspiracy
John Yewell is turning the posthumous baptism of Jews into a conspiracy theory. He says the LDS church "notably stopped short of announcing an end to the practice". He also says: "in a religion noted for strict hierarchy and a top-down, patriarchal management structure, it stretches credulity that lower level bishops and other members are not heading [heeding] the directive of church President Gordon B. Hinckley". What Yewell doesn't say is that the church already announced an end to the practice several years ago. Also, while it's true the church is a centralized body, the membership regularly ignores "directives" of the church President, and there is no mechanism for the church to peer over members' shoulders while they fill in geneological forms. The church has always trusted its members to do the right thing and trusted they'll tell the truth about it. Yewell offers no actual evidence (even meaningful circumstantial evidence) to support a conspiracy to baptize Jews. I think this is a situation in which the LDS leadership has been put in an embarrassing position by the actions of some of its more inconsiderate members.