My regular readers know that I lived (read - barely survived) - in Utah for 7 years. Much of my discomfort there came about due to the lack of tolerance for those not of the predominant faith. While Utah is home to over 600 religions, the Mormon/LDS faith takes precedence due to its sheer masses and the fact that Salt Lake City is home to the church's headquarters.
I was quite disturbed to read this story in one of Utah's local dailies a few moments ago. In an ongoing effort to ensure that everyone who has ever lived on this earth will have the opportunity to hear the message preached by the Mormon religion, the powers that be have posthumously baptized the departed mother of our 44th president. What does that mean? Everything and nothing. For their part, the LDS church states unequivocally that when baptizing individuals after death, they make every effort to reach out to family members to gain permission prior to doing so.
As the story went to print, there was no official word from the White House.
You can read the story in its entirety at this link: http://www.sltrib.com/ci_12299851