Originally Posted by cosmo20002
Pat, you're full of it. No difference between praying for someone vs ignoring the person's practiced religion and performing rites to make that person a member of a different religion?.
it's apparent you have little understanding of the meaning of baptism or how a person becomes a "member" of a religion.
Baptism in Chrisitan faiths does not make you a member of anything. Earnest belief makes you a "member" of the faith. Membership in a local church body is pursued separately. You can't make a person a member of a faith by force. It's a contradiction in terms.
even Islam holds to this. Only a single sincere recitation of the Shahadah is required - but you can hardly force sincerity, nor can you make a dead person into a follower.
What you are complaining about is a local liturgical practice that is meaningless in any material way with respect to faith and spiritual state. The fact that you haven't grasped perhaps the most basic of all concepts of abrahamic faiths seems to indicate you know very little about the subject upon which we are speaking.
I'm not Catholic - far from it - but if a Catholic chaplain found me gravely injured on the battlefield and performed the Annointing of the Sick on me, it doesn't make me Catholic nor does it give me belief. Frankly he's only praying for me and I don't see how praying for someone can be offensive. You can't stop people from praying for you.