- Posted August 15, 2013 by
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Tennessee Judge Orders Mother To Change Baby’s Name From Messiah To Martin!
Per Ms. Martin, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew plainly came out and stated ‘I’m going to change his first name,’ because I didn’t like it”. In her ruling, Ballew wrote: “‘Messiah’ is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ” and that naming him this “places an undue burden on him that as a human being, he cannot fulfill.” Her ruling also noted the large Christian population in the Tennessee county where the child was born.
Martin, whose family is Baptist, said there was no religious motivation behind her pick; rather she’d heard the name on one of her favorite TV shows and thought it’d be a good name for her son. She also wanted another “M” name to go with her other two sons, Mason and Micah. The parents were given one hour to pick a new name, and Ballew told them that if they couldn’t reach a decision then she would “give him the name that she wanted him to have,” Martin said.
The judge’s pick: Martin DeShawn McCullough. The Tennessee American Civil Liberties Union is following the case, saying it supports Martin and calling the judge’s ruling unacceptable. “The bench is not a pulpit, and using it as one, as this judge did, violates the parents’ rights and our sense that people of all faiths will be treated fairly in the courtroom,” Executive Director Hedy Weinberg said.
Now, church and state are separate. So what gives the judge the authority to change a baby’s name based on her religious beliefs? In addition, everyone isn’t Christian and even if they were, I don’t recall any commandment that says ” thou shall not name your son Messiah”. This is utterly ridiculous and another religious rhetoric to the extreme. What are your thoughts? Please Visit: www.liveitloveitdoit.com