Court orders baby Messiah's name changed to Martin because of Jesus
A couple went to court because they couldn't agree on their son's surname, but they never imagined that the judge would force them to change his first name too. You see, the little boy's name is Messiah, but according to Tennessee judge Lu Ann Ballew, that "is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that person is Jesus Christ," as she told a reporter for WBIR News.
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I've never understood parents who choose extremely unusual names for their kids. I've always thought it's kind of selfish since the kids have to be the ones to live with the consequences. At the end of the day, though, it's their prerogative ... and the child can always change his or her name when they get older.
So I'd be fuming if a judge ordered me to change my son's name, which is why I totally understand and support Jaleesa Martin, Messiah's mother, when she says she'll appeal the outrageous decision. According to Ballew, the 7-month-old's name could cause him all kinds of grief, considering they live in an area with a huge Christian population.
And she may be right, but that is none of her business. I'm utterly appalled at the fact that a judge is obviously letting her own religious belief influence her legal decisions. Like Martin, I'm shocked that a judge has the power to force her to change her child's name. In all honestly, I didn't even think that was possible.
Martin says she chose Messiah, not because of what it means, but because she liked how it sounded together with her two other kids, Micah and Mason. In the end, it doesn't really matter why she chose it; she is the mother of the child and naming her child is her right.
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