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Update on Judge taking baby's name away - overturned as unconstitutional on appeal

For those who were wondering how that one would end up - the baby named Messiah, but the custody magistrate said no, only Jesus is allowed to be called Messiah (never mind the name is in the top popular list on the census the past few years).


On Wednesday, Chancellor Telford E. Forgety Jr. overturned Ballew's decision, ruling that the lower court acted unconstitutionally. He said the lower court violated the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution, and added that the court's purpose was to determine the last name of the child, not his first name.

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Asked by NotPanicking at 12:18 PM on Sep. 21, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • Idk how this ended up in court in the first place! It's a damn name for heavens sake! people can name their kid whatever the hell they want!!

    Answer by rachel216 at 12:37 PM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • I suspected this would be the case. It's a significant waste of taxpayer dollars and it further sets precedence (I assume.....I know next to nothing about law) but it had to be done.

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 12:38 PM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • Idk how this ended up in court in the first place!

    Unmarried parents fighting over whose last name would go on the birth certificate. The magistrate was only supposed to rule on that, nothing else, but she was personally offended by the first name, so took it upon herself to change the whole thing because of her religious beliefs.

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 12:40 PM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • Good. Common sense has prevailed, for a change.

    Answer by Ballad at 12:41 PM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • Good, I figured that would be the outcome, I'm glad because you never know.

    Answer by skinnyslokita at 2:51 PM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • it may be a stupid name, and it may cause him a lot of grief in the future, but his parents have every right to name him that. and it had nothing to do with the case, so how did the judge ever think it was going to stick?!

    Answer by okmanders at 4:55 PM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • It's good to know they recognize when they're over-stepping from time to time. Too bad that can't happen more often. Sigh

    If the kid hates his name, he can always change it later, when it's HIS choice.

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:56 PM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • To be fair, if the court changed his name then they'd have to step in and change the name ofmillions of babies given stupid names!!! Messiah is no worse than North

    Answer by Nimue930 at 10:45 PM on Sep. 21, 2013

  • Wth How is Messiah a horrible name...if were going to get pissy over names why not go after Malachi, Jonathan, David, Elijah, Deborah, Nathan, Noah, Joel... if were going top get butt hurt over names why not dismiss and ban all biblical names? Messiah means Anointed in hebrew (which by the way most names are) (sarah, Hannah Esther) .... in the English language its Jesus.......

    Answer by mamabeard3 at 10:10 PM on Oct. 12, 2013

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