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Old 08-12-2013, 07:07 AM   #1
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Default Tenn. Judge Rules Baby Can't Be Named 'Messiah'

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Tenn. Judge Rules Baby Can't Be Named 'Messiah'

A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy's name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ."

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1cDOeTY). The boy's parents were in court because they could not agree on the child's last name, but when the judge heard the boy's first name, she ordered it changed, too.

"It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is," Ballew said.

It was the first time she ordered a first name change, the judge said.

Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names.

The judge in eastern Tennessee said the baby was to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents' last name.

The boy's mother, Jaleesa Martin, of Newport, said she will appeal. She says Messiah is unique and she liked how it sounded alongside the boy's two siblings — Micah and Mason.

"Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else," Martin said.

Ballew said the name Messiah could cause problems if the child grows up in Cocke County, which has a large Christian population.


"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," the judge said.


http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/t...ssiah-19931569

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http://www.wbir.com/news/article/283...d-from-Messiah

No word on where the judge went to law school or whether she received her degree in return for mailing in two cereal box tops
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Many people had the title Messiah. It's just a word meaning "anointed"
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Many people had the title Messiah. It's just a word meaning "anointed"
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.How about Mohammed?

is that still OK?
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.How about Mohammed?

is that still OK?
"Jesus", "Mohammed", "Moses", "Buddha" (as we know all too well), are all popular. And I hear "Belphegor" is making a comeback in Kansas.
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is that still OK?
With this judge I am sure it is fine - I doubt sharia law is being applied in her courtroom

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love how the article implies the parents couldn't even choose the final name.
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There can only be one.

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name him massiah instead then
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"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," the judge said.
well...so much for the separation of church and state ...
do they still make you put your hand on a bible and swear4 to tell the truth ?
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