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Redneck Rampage: Tennessee Judge Orders Baby's Name Change From Messiah to Martin

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Jaleesa Martin, of Newport Tennessee, went to court with her husband in a dispute over their child Messiah's last name. They left the court having a baby with a new first name, because the "judge" didn't think the baby deserved such a special name. 




The "judge" decided that only Jesus could be named Messiah, because in the community where the baby lives, there are Christians who might not be pleased. To be precise,  "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,"  Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew  said , explaining why she re-named the baby  Martin DeShawn McCullough.

In fact, the name, Messiah, has been growing in popularity and according to Social Security, it is the 387th most popular name, with over 700 given that name last year. That's up from a rank of 611 in 2011.

BBC reports,
"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 added.
The baby's mother Jaleesa Martin told WBIR she would appeal against the judge's order.
"I didn't think a judge could change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs," she said.
She said she chose the name not because of its religious connotations, but because she liked how it sounded with her two other children's names, Micah and Mason.

 

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As an atheist, I can't agree with the judge's reli... by Scott Baker on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 8:13:12 AM
Jesus was not a Messiah- Messiah is a Hebrew doctr... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 8:23:31 AM
...it isn't in the purview of a judge to decide wh... by Shireen Parsons on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 10:52:52 AM
People are named King, Queen, Prince, Ali and many... by David McCorquodale on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 8:23:06 AM
But I can testify that Scott's a warrior. ... by Rob Kall on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:33:08 AM
There are lots of cases where the law has stopped ... by Scott Baker on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 12:29:43 PM
Maybe it's not the first time, but it should be th... by Paul Browne on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 9:52:31 AM
I passed through this town in June, 1977, and stop... by Jerry Kelley on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 10:29:49 AM
OMG!!  This decree by a Tennessee bible-thump... by Shireen Parsons on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 10:47:29 AM
Funny, they said the same thing about Jesus!... by Frank Inbun on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 2:18:45 PM
The title Christ/Messiah simply means; covered in ... by Garry Minor on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 2:48:08 PM
Does the written law actually allow this kind of j... by intotheabyss on Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 2:57:16 PM
When you see the video, which I did on CNN, it's e... by Andrew Schettino on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:18:19 AM
Is not the Lamb of 2000 years ago.  In Daniel... by Michael Dewey on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 12:33:06 PM
If you own a home with wheels on it and several ca... by Ethan Hollow on Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 1:56:54 PM
hasn't this stupid, pathetic excuse for a judge go... by Paul Browne on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 9:47:33 AM