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Do you think this judge had the right to change this child's name?

Posted by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby boy's name to be changed from "Messiah" after deciding it is a title that has "only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ."

NBC station WBIR reported that the parents of the 7-month-old went to a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court because they could not agree on his surname.

However, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew decided Thursday that the baby, Messiah DeShawn Martin, should be renamed "Martin DeShawn McCullough."

"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," Ballew said, according to WBIR-TV.

She said she made the decision in the best interests of the child.

Heidi Wigdahl / WBIR-TV via AP

Seven-month-old Martin DeShawn McCullough is held by his mom Jaleesa Martin after a judge ruled he could not be called "Messiah."

"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," Ballew said.

On Sunday, Jaleesa Martin, the baby's mother, told the station that she planned to appeal the decision.

"I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn't think a judge could make me change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs," she said.

Martin said she liked how the name sounded alongside her two other children, Micah and Mason.

"Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else," she said.

The appeal will go before the Cocke County chancellor on Sept. 17.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/12/19986524-baby-cant-be-named-messiah-judge-rules?lite

by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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supercarp
by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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There are many words that can't legally be used as names due to their offensive nature. It is not hard to make the case that "Messiah" falls into that category. I think the judge is right, the child should have a different name, although I think the parents should have been able to choose it and that should have happened before they left the hospital after he was born.

misssy2000
by Ruby Member on Aug. 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I don't know how i would feel about that. One one side Who names there baby that? then on the other side a judge should not tell anyone what they should name there child. I remember the people who named there kid Hitler and I really don't know how I feel about it all.

j3st3r
by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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Absolutely not.  The judge decided, based on *her* values, that Messiah had only been "earned" by Jesus.  What about people who think the messiah is still coming, or who do not believe in a messiah at all?  Many kids from Hispanic families are named Jesus.  Are we banning that one, too????

Mom2five87
by Member on Aug. 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Wtf. This is insane. I wouldn't name my child that... but that should be THEIR choice. I think this judge has taken her position of authority a little too far. Power trip much?! To think you can decide what someone else names their child...?! Wow... no words!


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RADmomma
by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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I don't agree with the judge.
supercarp
by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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 We ban S***, F***, D***, M*****F****** and other offensive names. This is merely another offensive name.


Quoting j3st3r:

Absolutely not.  The judge decided, based on *her* values, that Messiah had only been "earned" by Jesus.  What about people who think the messiah is still coming, or who do not believe in a messiah at all?  Many kids from Hispanic families are named Jesus.  Are we banning that one, too????


 

j3st3r
by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM


Re you really comparing "Messiah" to "fu*k????!!"

Quoting supercarp:

 We ban S***, F***, D***, M*****F****** and other offensive names. This is merely another offensive name.


Quoting j3st3r:

Absolutely not.  The judge decided, based on *her* values, that Messiah had only been "earned" by Jesus.  What about people who think the messiah is still coming, or who do not believe in a messiah at all?  Many kids from Hispanic families are named Jesus.  Are we banning that one, too????





AmaraG
by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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Nope. Way overstepping his bounds, and forcing his religious beliefs. I hope they appeal.
supercarp
by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 2:04 PM
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 Only in the sense that they are both offensive as names for babies.


Quoting j3st3r:

 

Re you really comparing "Messiah" to "fu*k????!!"

Quoting supercarp:

 We ban S***, F***, D***, M*****F****** and other offensive names. This is merely another offensive name.

 

Quoting j3st3r:

Absolutely not.  The judge decided, based on *her* values, that Messiah had only been "earned" by Jesus.  What about people who think the messiah is still coming, or who do not believe in a messiah at all?  Many kids from Hispanic families are named Jesus.  Are we banning that one, too????

 

 

 

 


 

j3st3r
by on Aug. 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM


The word Messiah is offensive to you?  Why?  

Quoting supercarp:

 Only in the sense that they are both offensive as names for babies.


Quoting j3st3r:


Re you really comparing "Messiah" to "fu*k????!!"

Quoting supercarp:

 We ban S***, F***, D***, M*****F****** and other offensive names. This is merely another offensive name.


Quoting j3st3r:

Absolutely not.  The judge decided, based on *her* values, that Messiah had only been "earned" by Jesus.  What about people who think the messiah is still coming, or who do not believe in a messiah at all?  Many kids from Hispanic families are named Jesus.  Are we banning that one, too????









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