Date: February 15, 2012 11:05AM
The only difference here is which century we are talking about.
The Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición was instituted in 1480 by los Reyes Católicos, Isabel I de Castilla and Fernando II de Aragón, to purify the faith in Spain. It was only the latest in a series of harsh assimilationist policies on the part of Spain's Catholic elite. Pogroms against Spanish Jews had begun in the late years of the previous century, and while legal scholars of the time theoretically acknowledged that a forced baptism was not a valid sacrament, a person who was baptized under threat of death was still regarded as a voluntary convert, and accordingly forbidden to revert to Judaism. Many of the Conversos, or New Christians, fearing further persecution or death, felt it safer to remain in their "new" religion.
Mormons practice "baptism for the dead" in a ritual purported to "give a choice" to the deceased who may not, in their time on earth, have had an opportunity to learn about (and subscribe to) Mormonism. The ritual prayer, however, says nothing at all about a "choice" being offered: it concerns itself only with bestowing Mormon membership on the deceased person. For the past twenty years, the Mormon church has come under repeated scrutiny because of their habit of mining lists of Jewish Holocaust victims for names to submit for baptism into Mormonism. This practice of double victimization has understandably caused offence to living persons related to or concerned with the memory of those Holocaust victims.
The Spanish Inquisition said "be baptized, or die."
The Mormon Inquisition says "die, and be baptized."
The Jews say "knock it off, douchebags."