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Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

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#46 COKid


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 17:45

So is the name "Dick" allowed?

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:07

The judge needs to be whacked with a rolled up copy of the constitution metaphorically speaking of course.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:16

For some places, not sure about Iceland, it's to prevent your kid getting ridiculed because their parents thought it would be funny to give them a ridiculous name.


This may have played a role in the judge's decision. The kid's mother didn't do him any favors with that name. I can see it now: "Hey Messiah! Walk on water for us!" <Shove> <Splash>

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:24

Are you allowed to call your child Mohammed?


No racial intent - just because it basically holds the same context.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:09

Are you allowed to call your child Mohammed?

No racial intent - just because it basically holds the same context.

No it isn't. The same context would be calling your child Jesus. In this context, the question is can you call you child 'Prophet'.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 12:45

Are you allowed to call your child Mohammed?


No racial intent - just because it basically holds the same context.







granted its not his birth name, also race has nothing to do with the name

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 00:18

Baby Messiah Can Keep His Name

NEWPORT, Tenn. -- A Tennessee woman will be allowed to name her 8-month-old son "Messiah," a judge ruled Wednesday, overturning an order from another judge who said the boy's name should be changed to Martin because "`Messiah' is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ."

Jaleesa Martin said she couldn't believe it when child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew last month ordered Martin's 8-month-old son's name changed during a paternity hearing. The parents were disputing the baby's surname, with Martin hoping to keep the name she had given him – Messiah Deshawn Martin – and father Jawaan McCullough wanting the baby to bear his last name.

Ballew surprised both parents by ordering that the baby's name change to Martin Deshawn McCullough, saying that the name Messiah was not in the baby's best interest. Her written order stated that "`Messiah' is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ," and "Labeling this child `Messiah' places an undue burden on him that as a human being, he cannot fulfill."

She also said that the name would likely offend many residents of Cocke County, with its large Christian population.

That decision quickly made international news, and the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a complaint against Ballew with the state's Board of Judicial Conduct. The board has not yet made any public ruling on the complaint.

At an appeal hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court on Wednesday, Chancellor Telford E. Forgety overturned Ballew's decision, finding that she acted unconstitutionally.

Forgety said that there is no basis in the law for changing a child's first name where both parents are in agreement about it. He also said that Ballew's decision violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

By agreement of the parents, Forgety ordered the child's name to be changed to Messiah Deshawn McCullough.

Speaking after the hearing, Jaleesa Martin said she found Ballew's original ruling "ridiculous" and had been confident it would be overturned.