Monday, August 12, 2013


messiah baby name change

As American's we inalliable rights that should be honored under the laws of our nation. Whether anyone else disagrees with how we choose to live our lives or raise our families is irrelevant as long as they are not hurt, harmed, or mistreated. We all have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and once any legal authority infringes upon that right, no matter how insignificant it may seem, it sets a dangerous precedent. With that being said, it is important to understand that every huge set back started with one small step.

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 and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”


Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballet ordered the name change last week. The boy’s parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name, but when the judge heard the boy’s first name, she ordered it changed, too. 

“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.

Judge Ballet clearly overstepped her bounds in a presumptuous attempt to save this little boy from his parents decisions

It was the first time she ordered a first name change, the judge said.

Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration’s annual list of popular baby names.

The judge in eastern Tennessee said the baby was to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents’ last name. 

The boy’s mother, Jaleesa Martin, of Newport, said she will appeal. She says Messiah is unique and she liked how it sounded alongside the boy’s two siblings 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,” Martin said.

Ballew said the name Messiah could cause problems if the child grows up in Cocke County, 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,” the judge said.

While I do not agree with naming a child Messiah, I do believe that parents should have the right to name their children whatever they please. Otherwise the American way of life becomes a dictatorship.


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