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3/9/12

Did "Whistle-Blower" Fraudulently Access Mormon Baptism Database?

Washington Post is upset that an anti-Mormon "whistle-blower" lost her access to the church's database.

"A technological crackdown has effectively blocked a prominent whistle-blower from accessing the Mormons’ database that chronicles so-called baptisms for the dead.

Church officials said the move helps prevent overzealous Mormons and mischief-makers from violating church policy by submitting the names of prominent Jewish figures.

The decision to suspend the New FamilySearch accounts of anyone searching for Jewish Holocaust victims or celebrities also freezes out Utah researcher Helen Radkey, whose baptism discoveries have embarrassed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for decades. (www.washingtonpost.com)

How did an ex-Mormon have access in the first place?

The database clearly states "members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" only are allowed access. In order to register for an account you need to provide a membership number from the church and confirmation date. According to reports, Helen was using someone else's information to access the database.

Fraud?

"Radkey was surreptitiously using the account information of Mormon confidants to access the system."

The site's terms of use forbid this and threatens legal action.

You agree that you will not ... impersonate another user in order to hide your identity or implicate another in such actions. You agree to do nothing that might disrupt the flow of data to and from this site, impact the service or performance of this site, or circumvent any of the controls or usage rules that we have implemented. You understand that the result of harmful or offensive actions may include revocation of your right to use this site and legal action against you.

Washington Post doesn't mention the laws Helen may have broken, nor the terms of use she may have violated. They also don't mention her sordid motivations for attacking the LDS church:

"As explained in this December 2009 post, Helen Radkey is a former LDS member who was excommunicated for apostasy. In 1984, she developed a desire to "rescue Mormons from Mormonism" and, at the same time, began obsessing with the Holocaust. Thus began her obsessive-compulsive effort to publicize every posthumous LDS baptism that might offend others' religious sensibilities. But she wasn't motivated by mere principle; in October 2002, she met with Family History Library officials to offer them her research for a price -- $30,000 and a continuing fee of $18 an hour, according to the Jewish magazine Forward -- but the LDS Church declined. She's been on an anti-Mormon crusade ever since." (mormonism-unveiled.blogspot.com)

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