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Life Arts    H3'ed 5/8/13

Naming Our Children: Freedoms under Assault by the State

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4.  Prohibition of vulgarisms and obscenity

5.  Prohibition of ideograms and pictograms

6.  Prohibition of numbers

7.  Prohibition of diacritic

Currently, the state of parental naming laws could be branded as a sphere of absolute chaos.  In the tangles of inconsistent state laws, regulations and public notices, it is difficult not only to find a specific rule, but also identify the corresponding authority.

Choosing the name for a child is a very personal decision, one of the most intimate people would make in their lives.  And let's face it, the majority of outsiders might consider some of the names 'foolish' or 'preposterous'.  Despite this notion, however, there is no ground for the government to get involved.  It is not the role of authorities to judge people's intellect or sense of reality, regardless of what they might think.  They're not the saviors of individual probity and protectors of all the well-being, but they certainly are acting that way.  Minor topics, as naming rights might seem, can easily drown in the ocean of Reliefs, Recoveries, Creations and Affordable Acts.  But if you think you can still take absolute American freedom for granted, think again next time you want to do something as seemingly routine as to name your baby with an accent.

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Lucie Strachonova Wisco was born and raised in the small town of Slavkov within the eastern region of the Czech Republic. She is currently the Editor of the etymology website BabyNames(dot)net She holds Masters Degrees in Education and (more...)
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