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"Messiah" Distraction

August , 2013

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If you're thinking of naming your baby "Messiah"or "God" - even if your baby REALLY is the Messiah or God - forget about it.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge's decision to change a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin is drawing powerful reactions from Christians.

Thousands of people have commented that Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew went too far, but others agreed with her.

 

The hubbub started when baby Messiah's mother sought an order to establish paternity. It included a request for the judge to determine the child's last name.

When Judge Ballew heard Messiah's first name, she decided it should be changed, too, saying the child could face problems with the name Messiah. The name on his birth certificate was Messiah DeShawn Martin...so the judge arbitrarily changed the boy's first name from Messiah to "Martin" which was his mother's surname.

"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," she told WBIR-TV in an interview from her office, which had a ceramic figurine of Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus on her desk. A copy of the Ten Commandments hung on the wall.

Well then, what about the name Jesus (pronounced Heh-SOOS') which is a common name in the Hispanic culture? When asked about the name Jesus, Ballew said it was not relevant to the current case.

According to the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names, it turns out that the name Messiah is becoming so popular that it is now ranked No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012.

The baby's mother, Jaleesa Martin, said "I didn't think a judge could make me change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs."

Hedy Weinberg, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee offered to help fight the decision and said, "The judge cannot impose her faith on those who come into her courtroom".

In the meantime, the mother is continuing to call her son - Messiah. Heaven knows. Maybe he really is the Messiah.

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