Mitt Romney briefly referred to his athiest father-in-law, who was converted to Mormonism after his 1992 death, during last night's GOP presidential debate in a heated exchange with Newt Gingrich over immigration.
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?
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.
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.