August 12th, 2013
01:30 PM ET

Judge: Baby can't be named 'Messiah'

A Tennessee judge has ordered the parents of a 7-month-old boy to rename their son "Martin" instead of "Messiah," CNN affiliate WBIR reports.

"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," Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew said.

Jaleesa Martin, the child's mother, told WBIR that she intends to appeal the decision.

Do you agree with the judge's decision or do you think the parents should be able to name their son Messiah? Let us know in the comments below.

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Filed under: Christianity • Church and state • Courts • Tennessee

soundoff (1,648 Responses)
  1. Kaytlyn

    i just heard about this today, and I think this is absolutely ridiculous. A person should have the right to name there baby whatever they want to. you have people everyday naming there kid 'Jesus" just pronouncing it differently. I just find it stupid. You don't have to "live up to" a label. it was just a name, a simple name.

    September 18, 2013 at 6:16 am |
  2. Ctrygrl

    I couldn't imagine how this got to court so I read the story in the paper. Does Tennessee not have a law about last names on the birth certificate? I assume these people aren't married so couldn't the woman use her last name if she wanted? At any rate this judge is so far out of line it isn't even funny. Ok these people asked for a ruling on the last name, but to totally rename the baby based on her own beliefs is nuts.

    September 10, 2013 at 11:26 am |
  3. Savannah

    If she wanted to name her baby "shoe" she can name HER child whatever she desires.
    They're children named "Jesus" com on now, she can name her baby whatever she please, it's her decision. Just because YOU wouldn't believe in naming the baby "Messiah" doesn't mean she can't.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  4. RobFinley

    While I disagree with the parents desire to name the child messiah I find it no different than naming the child Jesus. While Jesus is a common Spanish name it is not a common 'American' name.

    September 1, 2013 at 6:06 am |
    • Sam Yaza

      by that you mean English name, because as it is not common in Spain it is common in the Americas

      September 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
  5. Grisel Taybron

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    August 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  6. vivdrummer

    Wow! Who would do that to their kid? But hey, it's a free country. 1st amendment judge Lu Ann, ever heard of it? What about separation of church and state?

    August 22, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
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