Mor­mon church seals off Holo­caust-bap­tism data­base

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SALT LAKE CITY | Mor­mon lead­ers have put up a vir­tual fire­wall in their mas­sive ge­nealog­i­cal data­base to block any­one who at­tempts to ac­cess the names of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Holo­caust vic­tims.

The move comes amid crit­i­cism that the Salt Lake City-based Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints hasn’t done enough to live up to com­mit­ment to stop its mem­bers from per­form­ing the bap­tism rit­ual on Holo­caust vic­tims.

Mor­mons be­lieve the bap­tism rit­ual al­lows de­ceased peo­ple a way to the af­ter­life — if they choose to ac­cept it. Jews are par­tic­u­larly of­fended by any at­tempt to al­ter the re­li­gion of Holo­caust vic­tims.

Crit­ics say this week’s move only serves to keep pry­ing eyes at bay while the prac­tice con­tin­ues.

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