Gawker: Romneys converted Mitt’s dead atheist father-in-law to Mormonism

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This was one of the most bizarre stories that we stumbled upon today:

Mitt Romney’s father-in-law, Edward Davies, converted to Mormonism….get this, 14 months AFTER he died!  

And that’s not all.  While he was alive, Mr. Davies was a resolute atheist who regarded all religions as “hogwash.”

How did this posthumous conversion to Mormonism happen?

Gawker reports that Davies, Ann Romney’s Welsh-born father, was an engineer-type who insisted that his family be raised without participating in an organized religion.

In the wealthy Detroit suburb of Bloomfield, Michigan, back in 1965, Mormon Mitt Romney started dating Ann Davies.  By the following year, Ann had converted to Mormonism.  Her two brothers, Jim and Roderick, soon followed.

Ann’s mother, Lois, converted in the days before her death in July 1993.  But Edward never renounced his atheism before he died on Sept. 8, 1992. 

Five months after Lois’ death, on Nov. 19, 1993, Gawker reports that Edward was baptized as a Mormon at a “special family meeting” in Salt Lake Temple.

Actually, the practice of converting dead people to the Mormon faith is nothing new.  Catholic and Jewish organizations have expressed outrage, for example, when the names of dead popes and Holocaust victims (including Anne Frank) have turned up on Mormon lists of the baptized. 

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Gawker: Romneys converted Mitt's dead atheist father-in-law to Mormonism

Updated