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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. 

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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.
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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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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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