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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.

Read the full story at WBIR
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Filed under: Christianity • Church and state • Courts • Tennessee

soundoff (1,648 Responses)
  1. notogop

    Must have been a Teacup Republican judge. Is the name copyrighted? Doubt it. Just another stupid intrusion by the bench into an area that doesn't concern it. Who brought the suit anyway?

    August 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • Call me Bwana

      Before passing judgement, think that the child will have to live with his name. Growing up will be painful for the child. How would like to be called Martha if you were a boy, just because your parents had the IQ of an amoeba?

      August 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
      • Akira

        Actually, if you chose to name your child Amoeba, it should be your choice. This judge has no law to base this on, and she overstepped her authority.

        August 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  2. Edward

    There atre people actually named Jesus. Does the judge want them to change thweir names too? How did that person get the name "judge"?

    August 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • symone says

      LOL you should've stopped before 'how did he get the name of judge.' he isn't *named* judge, it is his job. and there's more than one of them.also i bet he's the kind of good-ole'-boy southern judge who insists people call him Your Honor at parties, or possibly Colonel. or heck, maybe Messiah, which is why the kid can't be named.

      at any rate, this is America, and there's a thing called free speech, which should include naming one's kids. otherwise, lots of little "apples" and "moses" and "denim" and "Diezel" and ... i'll stop there ... would all be named james or donna.

      August 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
  3. chillyball

    Add it to the list with Adolf Hitler.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  4. Edward

    What if the child is the Messiah?

    August 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  5. Yeah,Right

    What does the Dad have to say....oh wait, nevermind.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  6. Sue Perlative

    Messiah is a popular name, according to the Social Security Administration.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • Kenneth Thomas

      Indeed, it was #387 for boys in 2012. What is this judge thinking? http://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/popularnames.cgi

      August 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  7. Ruth

    I worry about how the child might feel or be treated and his name made a mockery of.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  8. CommonSensed

    I'd tell that Judge to get effed. Hispanics name their kids Jesus all the time.

    There is only one messiah...OK judge – thanks for confirming you are bigoted towards all the other religions and their messiahs.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • Sharon

      Well said, Sensed.

      August 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  9. Sean

    These parents couldn't agree on a name? What kind of parents are they? They can't even name a child to begin with.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • Akira

      The last name of the child is what they were going to court for.

      August 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  10. Michael B

    1. The woman is a fool for trying to name a child that. It's a little over the top.
    2. The judge has no legal standing to say she cannot name her child that.
    3. If a child doesn't like his or her name, he can use his middle name until adulthood and then legally change his own name when he hits 18.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      So you're suggesting "DeShawn" then?

      August 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  11. kate

    The parents are idiots. Who cares about whether they have the right to name a child what they want or whether or not a judge has any say. The parents should pick a normal name to keep their poor child from a lifetime of being made fun of.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Sharon

      Who cares? As an American, I care about a judge who is overstepping her role. That judge has absolutely no right to change the name of a child based on the judge's religious beliefs !!!!!

      August 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
      • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

        Paris that lives at Hilton Head does take some ribbing. She was cleaning rooms at a Ramadan.

        August 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • LAH

      your definition of "normal" is probably very different than others around the world. This judge has no business telling these people they can't name their child Messiah.

      August 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
  12. Sasha

    This is the dumbest thing I have read in awhile. Fire that bigoted monotheist of a judge!

    August 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      Are you a monotheist bigot??

      August 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  13. Ellie

    Very silly, for a kid's name. It would be like naming someone "Reverend" or "Rabbi" or "Father." See the problem? Not appropriate.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • Kenneth Thomas

      It was #387 for boys in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration: http://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/popularnames.cgi

      August 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  14. Jeff

    What about all the Hispanic babies named Jesus (pronounced Hay-suse)? She gonna un-name them, too?

    There is no way this does not get overturned, and I would bet her jurisprudence career is rapidly approaching its endpoint.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  15. Dave W.

    Whatever happened to separation of church and state!?!

    August 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      The state has usurped more power than any corrupt church dreamed of.

      August 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
      • bk1024

        Organized religions have usurped more power, corrupted more people, caused the death of more people, and obstructed the advance of humanity, more than than anything else – including governments.

        August 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
        • Bill Deacon

          Go ahead and paint everything you see. Your brush is broad enough.

          August 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
  16. pallidin

    I think that's a fair ruling by the Judge.

    Messiah, God, Allah, etc.. should be banned as names for children or anyone.

    Just my opinion.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      What about Emmanuel?

      August 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
      • Hey! You!

        Or Mathew, Mark, Luke, John, Simon, David, Judas................OK nobody names their kid Judas, Agreed!

        August 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
    • Athy

      It is not a fair ruling by the judge. It will be overturned if the mom decides to persue it.

      August 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • pallidin

        In like manner, i also feel that Cow, Rodent, Rat, Feces, Unicorn, and numerous other potential names for children should be banned, due to simple sillyness and inappropriateness,

        Also, the name Edna, Bertha, Edith, etc..

        August 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
        • Pete

          Activist judge makes me mad.

          One of the consequences of freedom is that people do stupid things with their freedom. That does not mean that their rights to do stupid (legal) things (that don't really hurt anyone else in this case) should be taken away.

          This is ultimately just ridiculous. I find it hard to believe the judge was hired to enforce her religious views on others. I rather suspect it was to enforce the laws of the state and municipality in which she worked. I hope this judge is retrained or fired; I do not trust her impartiality any more.

          -Pete

          August 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
    • Brother Maynard

      Zues, Thor, Ra ??

      August 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  17. Shah'

    Really? This judge has gone too far. We have the right to name ourselves and children what we want?

    August 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • pallidin

      So, perhaps I should be allowed to name my child "Moron"

      Get real.

      August 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
      • Lady E

        Yes you should

        August 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
  18. Kevin M

    Legally they can name the child anything they want. However, I think the judge has a lot more brains than the parents. She's probably just trying to spare the little 'Messiah' from a childhood full of verbal taunts and a lifetime of expensive psychotherapy. What is WRONG with some of these idiot parents?!

    August 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • Lee

      "Legally they can name the child anything they want. However, I think the judge has a lot more brains than the parents. She's probably just trying to spare the little 'Messiah' from a childhood full of verbal taunts and a lifetime of expensive psychotherapy. What is WRONG with some of these idiot parents?!"
      I guess they don't base life decisions on the opinion of others. IF the kid gets taunted because of his name, it's the parent's fault? It's not the fault of the kids picking on me, or the environment our society fosters when it becomes acceptable to taunt someone simply because their name is different?
      It's unconventional and a stupid name, but you know what? So is "Jesus".
      Heck, one of the most popular names nowadays is "Christian" and that name literally means 'stupid follower' so... :shrug::

      August 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Hey! You!

      Yeah, who names their kid 'Kevin'?

      August 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
    • Kevin M

      Oh, and let's not forget that at some point, the child gets to say, "Just call me 'Mess' for short."

      August 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
      • Kevin M

        And I'm very sorry that your parents named you "Hey! You!" 🙂 I hope you weren't subjected to too much bullying?

        August 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
        • Hey! You!

          Thanks for caring!

          August 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  19. ViK100

    messiah is a little extreme. people please use commons sense.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  20. Lord Toronaga

    Big mistake on her part. Who cares about religious names. Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Adonias, Adam, Eve ... all have been used before.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
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