VIDEO: Tennessee judge cites Jesus, changes baby's name


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It's my kid, and I'll name him what I want to; that's what a Tennessee woman said when she named her baby Messiah. Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew disagreed and went right ahead and changed the baby's first name to Martin.

Just one teeny tiny thing: The baby's parents were in court to argue whose last name he should use, not his first name.

And where in our system of justice does it say a judge's religious beliefs have any place in a court ruling?

I mean other than all those other court rulings by judges who rely on their religious beliefs.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

"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," the judge told WBIR-TV, a local channel. ... The judge renamed him Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents' names.

Judge Ballew-It was concerned about the area's heavily Christian population. How thoughtful of her:

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.

But naming a child "Jesus" is okay with her? The judge claims that's not "relevant to this case." Got it. Is she what conservatives would label as an "activist judge"? Just asking.

She must really want to get her judicially faith-based hands on all those other parents who named their babies Messiah in 2012, because last year it was the 387th most common name for baby boys in this country.

Messiah's mom said she'll continue to call him by that name and said she would appeal the judge's decision.

  • MrDak

    As stupid as think it is to name your child 'messiah' I cannot agree with any judge changing it and sure as hell not just because it offends her sense that Jesus was the only one! In the story I saw I also remember it saying that 'messiah' is newly a very popular baby name so, I guess the judges better get busy with their renaming. They'll need to get onto the Mohammeds and Abrahams, too!

  • Kevin Schmidt

    How do you do,
    my name is Messiah Sue.

  • jeff725

    Wouldn't surprise me if this eventually ended up in SCOTUS. But with right-wingers like Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Roberts. anything's possible.

  • juicyfruityyy

    I don't believe that the Judge had the right to change the child's name. But if the Judge feels that it is legal for her to do so. There are a lot of children's names out there; that could be changed, that I can't spell nor can I pronounce. But, I hope that the court, will be prepared to pay for all the times; that they will be sued in court, by the parents.