There was an atheist in the Romney closet, but they got 'em baptized in the end–literally. Mitt Romney's father-in-law, Edward Davies, was an atheist who regarded all religions as "hogwash." When Mitt Romney started dating his daughter Ann, Gawker reports that the Romneys went into overdrive trying to convert her and her entire family to Mormonism–which they did, with lightning speed:
And they were wildly successful: Within a year of meeting Ann, Mitt and his father had converted all three of Edward Davies' children. Days before she died in 1993, Ann Romney's mother asked to be converted as well. Edward Davies was the only member of his clan whose soul the Romneys never claimed for their church.
They got Davies when he died. According to the Mormon genealogical database, the Romneys baptized Davies in a "special family meeting." Not only this, but the dead Davies was sealed to his spouse for all eternity in under a year from his "baptism."
Bill Maher thinks that was wrong. And he set out to "unbaptize" Davies and free his soul from its particular Mormon section of heaven. With Maher wearing a sorcerer's hat and brandishing a wand, Hollywood Reporter adds the ceremony went something like this:
"By the power granted in me by the Blair Witch," he declared, "I call upon the Mormon spirits to leave your body the fuck alone."
"Brother Edward, in this world you had to put up with Mitt Romney," he concluded. "You've suffered enough."
The Mormon church has often been criticized for baptizing dead people; particularly if it was something the person would most assuredly not want in life.
Watch the whole thing below: