A satirical web site has gone up inviting users to help the “many Mormons throughout history [who] have died without having known the joys of homosexuality.” You enter a name, click a button, and the deceased will then somehow have the chance denied them in mortality.
I think this is a great idea. Seriously.
The only problem is, this web site’s method isn’t truly analogous to what Mormons do in their temples at all. Here would be a far closer parallel:
Users would first have to do research to identify their own ancestors who died without being able to try homosexuality. After all, your motive in this project is to bless those whose lives led to your own. This will require dozens and even hundreds of hours of interviews, online research, and contacting vital records departments.
Once you’ve identified your ancestors, you can’t simply click a button, though. You must travel to a certain special place dedicated to this work, which will require you to set aside a few hours, on average. Once there, the work itself involves a simple ritual, but one that must be done precisely, and repeated for each ancestor.
If you care about your departed forefathers being able to enjoy the same things you’ve been blessed to enjoy, then this effort should be a small price to pay.
I genuinely hope that the creators and users of this site will upgrade their satire and find a richer spiritual experience through their service, as millions of Latter-day Saints find in baptism for the dead. Then, I think, we’ll have more to talk about.