Judge changes Baby’s name from ‘Messiah’ to ‘Martin’, because Jesus
Ha! She’s gonna flip when she meets a Spanish kid named ‘Jesus’.
My close friends know I always planned to bless my yet-to-be-conceived son with the bad-ass name “Messiah”. With a name like Messiah Smith, that kid just has to be an athlete. Plus, how cool would it be for his friends to say “Look, Messiah is coming!”
Turns out a Tennessee Judge won’t let that happen, as a local Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew overturned a baby-naming for a “Messiah” – and forced a name-change to “Martin”.
Messiah’s Martin’s estranged parents initially went to court to fight over the baby’s last name, but once Ballew heard the first name, she decided to change that too. Her reasoning: “The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ.”
Shameful that Ballew felt her personal faith overshadowed a parent’s right to name their own child – and even more shameful that a Judge could so blatantly ignore that little American document mandating a SEPARATION of Church and State. It’s ridiculously insulting for someone in a position of power to blatantly abuse their office to force their own religious views on others. Just imagine the uproar from the Religious Right if a Muslim-American Judge wouldn’t let an American parent name their child ‘Muhammad’…
Read: Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from “Messiah” – CBS News.