A judge ordered a 7-month old baby whose mom wanted to call “Messiah” to change the name to “Martin”. Tennessee child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew said only Jesus could be called given the title, “messiah.”
The mom, Jaleesa Martin, and the child’s father were before the judge because they could not agree on the child’s LAST name, not first.
A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person, Jesus Christ.
“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,” said Ballew who said the name Messiah could cause trouble if the child grew up in their county, Cocke County, Tennessee which has a large Christian population. “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.”
But the judge must have been clueless to the fact that the name Messiah was number 4 among the fastes-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administartion’s annual list of popular baby names.
Still, the judge, who had never before changed any child’s name, ordered the baby to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents’ last name.
Mom Martin, who said she liked the name because iw was unique and sounded well with the boys’ siblings Micah and Mason, said she will appeal the decision. “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,” Martin said.
And then there is the other thing called “Separation of Church and State.”