August 13th, 2013
09:09 PM ET

Name 'Messiah' would offend, judge says

By Marlena Baldacci, CNN

(CNN) –Young Messiah, the "happiest baby in the world," according to his mother, is blissfully unaware that a judge ruled that his birth name promises to offend many in his Tennessee community.

His mother, Jaleesa Martin, and father, Jawaan McCullough, who are not married, couldn't agree on a last name for their baby, now 7 months old. That's why they ended up in the courtroom of Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew.

But the judge shifted the attention to the baby's first name, and said it should be changed.

"She just plainly came out and said, 'I'm going to change his first name,' because she didn't like it," Martin told CNN's Chris Cuomo on New Day on Wednesday.

In her ruling, Ballew wrote: "'Messiah' is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ" and that naming him this "places an undue burden on him that as a human being, he cannot fulfill." Her ruling also noted the large Christian population in the Tennessee county where the child was born.

Speaking to CNN affiliate WBIR, Ballew, wearing earrings in the shape of a cross, said this was the first time she had ordered a name change.

Martin, whose family is Baptist, said there was no religious motivation behind her pick; rather she'd heard the name on one of her favorite TV shows and thought it'd be a good name for her son. She also wanted another "M" name to go with her other two sons, Mason and Micah.

CNN could not reach McCullough for comment.

The parents were given one hour to pick a new name, and Ballew told them that if they couldn't reach a decision then she would "give him the name that she wanted him to have," Martin said.

The judge's pick: Martin DeShawn McCullough.

Martin said that she'll keep calling her son Messiah and that she has heard from supporters all over the country. She's also upset about reports she is being attacked online as a bad mother.

The Tennessee American Civil Liberties Union is following the case, saying it supports Martin and calling the judge's ruling unacceptable.

"The bench is not a pulpit, and using it as one, as this judge did, violates the parents' rights and our sense that people of all faiths will be treated fairly in the courtroom," Executive Director Hedy Weinberg said.

According to U.S. Social Security Administration statistics, Messiah was the fourth-fastest growing name for boys in the United States from 2011 to 2012. It ranks at Number 387, between the decidedly traditional names Scott and Jay.

"I'm sorry that you have your own beliefs, but you have no right to change my child's name," Martin said of Ballew.

Ballew declined CNN's request for comment. Martin has appealed the court's decision; it will go before the Cocke County chancellor next month.

CNN's Matt Dellinger contributed to this story.

- CNN Belief Blog

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

soundoff (1,280 Responses)
  1. J George

    I agree with the Judge, there is only one Messiah. Who do people think they are these days.

    August 14, 2013 at 12:10 am |
    • redzoa

      'According to U.S. Social Security Administration statistics, Messiah was the fourth-fastest growing name for boys in the United States from 2011 to 2012. It ranks at Number 387, between the decidedly traditional names Scott and Jay."

      Apparently, there are plenty of people who are under the correct impression that they live in a country where their choice of baby name should not be controlled by the religious beliefs of others . . .

      August 14, 2013 at 12:18 am |
      • kdf

        So when someone decides they want to name their kid Saddam, you think that will be OK? In many countries you have to register your kids name before having them and the court has to sign off on it. I am not saying we should do this, but there should be limit to what you can name your kid. it should pronounceable and you should really do some research before naming your kid. Also parents, keep in mind their initials!!

        August 14, 2013 at 12:44 am |
        • mickey1313

          Um, it is nonya business what other people name there kids. t is a free country. If parents want to give there kids dumb names that is there choice.

          August 14, 2013 at 12:53 am |
        • Hooligan

          Show me a law that prohibits "Sadam" as a name.

          Oh that's right.

          There isn't any.

          August 14, 2013 at 1:30 am |
        • sam stone

          If someone wants to name their kid saddam, or adolph, or moammer, or augusto, or jean-claude, it is up to them...this is what freedom is about. choke on it

          August 14, 2013 at 4:16 am |
        • Saraswati

          So every time someone does something bad we are supposed to remove that name from usage?

          August 14, 2013 at 7:09 am |
        • Pollowog

          Ok, by your thinking there's a huge list of names to do away with.
          No more:
          John or Wayne (John Wayne Gacy)
          Ted (Ted Bundy)
          Charles (Manson)
          Richard (Nixon was a crook)
          Alan (wasn't he the Boston Strangler or something like that)?

          Maybe it would be better if YOU moved to one of those countries that has control over what you name your kids. We fought for our freedom here and we plan to keep it.

          August 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
        • jo2

          This is America. There is choice and freedom in this country.

          August 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
        • chelle

          What is wrong with Saddam? It is a traditional name. Should we stop naming children Jeffrey and Lizzie because the names also belonged to murderers?

          August 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
        • Scout Kent

          Of course it's okay if someone names their kid Saddam. People didn't quit naming their kids Jeffery, Theodore, or Joseph, did they?

          (Dahmer, Bundy, Stalin)

          August 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
        • Jay

          Maybe you should move to an oppressive dictatorship that's more in line with your views. Having a government that decides what a parent can name their child is the most un-American thing imaginable. Sure you agree with it because it's in line with YOUR religious beliefs. How about when you run into the Muslim judge who decides that "Alley" is too close to "Allah" and forces the parent to change it? Something tells me you'd be singing a very different tune.

          August 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • Rogue351

      Mohammed, Jesus, Zeus, Christian, etc. I thought this was America and you had the freedom to name your own children. People all over the world name their kids after all sorts of people places and things. This judge is WRONG and you are wrong. Either you want freedom or you don't. With freedom comes things you are not going to like. Freedom does not mean freedom as it conforms to your belief system or way of thinking. Who cares if it offends a specific group of people it is the persons right to name their own child. Are you saying that the government should issue names at birth ? They already give us a number maybe we should just go by that ? Well until a person ends up with "666" in their number, then what do we tie a stone to them and see if they float ? Medieval thinking is what we have going on here.

      August 14, 2013 at 12:53 am |
      • tbay

        Rogue – this in't about freedom. This is about cruelty.

        The court also didn'tt allow someone to name their child Brfxxccxxmnpccccllllmmnprxvclmnckssqlb111163 (pronounced Albin, of course)

        And they also said no to Metalica, Superman and Ikea.

        And if you could remove the religious aspect, it would make perfect sense. It's only because of that religious aspect that people become enraged feeling that religion is encroaching on their freedoms.

        August 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
        • Pollowog

          They said no to Superman??? I hadn't heard that. Then why did they allow Nicholas Cage to name his son Kaleel (son of superman). Or maybe someone can explain (since you say there's no religious aspect to this) why this is different than naming your kid Moxie Crimefighter, Moon Unit, Apple, North West, Sparrow, Dweezil, etc. None of them are typical names but no one stopped the parents from using them. Or is it only celebrities in this country that can name their kids what they want and the rest of us have to conform to your rules (not)

          August 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
        • Scout Kent

          Many countries have baby naming laws, but the US is not one of them. Your post makes it sound like US courts didn't allow your examples, but all of your examples appear to be either from other countries (Metallica) or from other countries AND apocryphal (Ikea).

          I would be interested in hearing about verifiable cases in the United States; they are the only ones that are relevant.

          I assure you, many of us strongly disapprove of the courts interfering like this for ANY reason. The fact that it's a religious name in her mind has little to do with it. Besides, what about Jesus and Christian, both very common names? And Jesus only has one mom, but there are plenty of Marys running around.

          August 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • mickey1313

      um, there is no right to not be offended, and there is nothing to protect your weak thiestic mind.. What people are thinking is that it is time to abandon silly thiestic views and move into the 21st century.

      August 14, 2013 at 1:00 am |
    • tallulah13

      I think I'm an American, J George. I think that the Constitution is the law of this land, not your bible. And the Constitution makes it clear that this judge violated the law she was sworn to uphold.

      August 14, 2013 at 1:45 am |
      • Pollowog

        well said !!

        August 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • sam stone

      J George: Who the fvck do you think you are, telling others what they can name their kid?

      August 14, 2013 at 4:13 am |
    • truthprevails1

      People think they are individuals with the freedom to name their child as they wish...they'd be right and you'd be wrong!

      August 14, 2013 at 6:52 am |
    • kats

      Well, for you. But I am an Atheist and do not believe in Messiahs, Christs or Jesuses. For me it is just a name. Not, that I would choose them for my kid, but would fight for your right to name your child whatever you choose.

      August 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • veedax

      I was going to name my son Jiffy Lube, but decided against it at the last minute....

      August 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
      • veedax

        So I ended up naming him Abernathy. And Lu Ann approved...

        August 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
    • zippy

      Clearly the judge enforced her personal beliefs, not the law.
      I kind of feel sorry for the kid, but as a Christian, the name is not offensive.
      It's no different than naming a kid "Jesus" or "Emmanuel", although burdening a person with the name "Messiah" is a bit on the ridiculous side.
      But again, no more ridiculous than "Moxy Crime Fighter" or "Moon Unit".

      August 15, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • chris

      you are NUTS. What gives you the right? You conservatives sure do pick and choose when to allow freedoms and when to limit them. Give guns to every nut in the country but dont name a kid Messiah.

      August 15, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • jim

      Jgeorge aren't you a little old for fairy tales?

      August 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  2. Dollface

    Atleast now this Mother can take comfort that everyone is on her side and have confidence the ruling will be overturned. I would sue the judge. She has the responsibility to adhear and enforce the laws, not base rulings on personal opinion. Her personal opinion are irrelevant to any judgement.

    August 14, 2013 at 12:07 am |
    • sam stone

      i don't think she can sue the judge

      August 14, 2013 at 4:34 am |
    • chris

      Judge needs to be disciplined. This ruiling will set this judge up for a lot of her ruilings going to appeals in the future based on religous bias...

      August 15, 2013 at 11:41 am |
  3. Penelope

    My name is Penelope that isn't exactly common so I am accustomed to odd looks. I have worked in a school with a Mesiya "Messiah" . My daughter's preK class had a Sir. Naming a child is an emotional and often delicate process. The family politics of child naming could compete with UN negotiations. It is not a decision for a judge to make based on her religious beliefs. This chaps me and hopefully a higher court will step in and correct this error. Shameful that any of this became a court issue in the first place anyway. tsk tsp

    August 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
  4. Tim

    Black people can't even name their kids normal names and they want to be taken seriously?? Black people can't even run a neighborhood without crime, violence, unwed babies, and high unemployment. Have you ever been to a wealthy black neighborhood?? NOPE. Black people are funny LOL

    August 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
    • Tims friend

      Tim eat one.

      August 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
      • Tim

        Answer the question...have you ever been to a wealthy black neighborhood? LOL And you want these people to run our country? Welfare is at it's highest level in HISTORY...and oh...we have a black president. Weird coincidence? NOT! lol

        August 13, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
        • Observer


          Have blacks historically had the same chances to get wealthy as whites? lol. Read a history book someday.

          August 14, 2013 at 1:20 am |
        • DruDO

          Clearly, you have never been to Atlanta. Get out of your basement and see the world.

          August 14, 2013 at 10:04 am |
        • SmokinJoe1x

          This response is to Observer, Blacks have the same opportunity as everyone else. Look at Oprah. Many get welfare and see no reason to earn anything. EVERYTHING is OWED TO THEM! Some day someone will grow balls and publically say "You can't be irresponsible by having kids and think someone else is responsible to pay their way through life." This is why this country non the less the world will EVER recover from the financial problems there are now. When civil war breaks out you can thank the people that created that culture!

          August 14, 2013 at 10:14 am |
        • chelle

          Well Tim historically when blacks have prospered and developed wealthy areas, whites have responded by destroying them either through regulation (Jim Crow) or an outrate attack (Oklahoma). Perhaps you should do some research before you spout nonsense.

          August 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
        • Nele

          Yes Tim I have been. I have lived in 1. I am 32 years old, married female Anesthesiologist with 2 children and I am black. I'm not one of a kind. There are many more like me. This will probably mean nothing to you, but don't brush an entire race with one stroke. Not all black people are poor, criminals and certainly not all white people are affluent. I'm curious as to where you fall on that social ladder. Have a great day.

          August 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
        • kats

          what makes you believe that majority of people on welfare are black? Dig out your statistics.

          August 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
        • JackDaniels

          Observer, I do believe Detroit was an opportunity for those (I must be politically correct here) you describe to get wealthy or at least be prosperous. How's that opportunity going for you?

          August 15, 2013 at 9:52 am |
        • chris

          Have you ever been to a Wealthy Black Neighborhood? Did you seriously say that? Such a good thing this is via internet you racist coward. Maybe if your "kin" hadn't enslaved them they may be a bit further ahead these days... Go back to your Trailor Timmy

          August 15, 2013 at 11:45 am |
        • chris

          I just figured it out! Tim-Bob can't read. that's why he doesn't understand these things. On another note, I hear his daughter was a beauty Queen... You must be so proud of your little Honey Boo Boo! Hey TimBob, "how many rich guys does it take to fix a trailor?" Give up? "What's a trailor?" hahahaha! Seriously, where are you from Tim. We are dying to know.

          August 15, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • Observer


      It must be tough knowing that the black guy in the White House is so much smarter, successful, and better educated than you are.

      August 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
      • Tim

        You have no idea if that is true or not. And I can tell you that 2 out of the 3 are definitely not true. And it makes it more sad that Obama still makes horrible decisions with his supposed elevated status. The welfare numbers don't lie, buddy. Now he wants 11 million illegals in our welfare and medical system? Great.

        August 14, 2013 at 12:11 am |
        • Observer


          "And I can tell you that 2 out of the 3 are definitely not true.'

          LOL. President Obama graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.

          How did you do? lol.

          August 14, 2013 at 1:08 am |
        • tallulah13

          "And I can tell you that 2 out of the 3 are definitely not true."

          I bet Tim's an astronaut, too. And a superhero. And possibly a Jedi.

          August 14, 2013 at 1:39 am |
        • Pollowog

          Unlike George, who just sent all our sons and daughters off to a make believe war to die. But he's white so that doesn't count.

          August 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
        • GoldenLady

          There are just as many white people on welfare as blacks.


          August 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
        • chris

          No Tim-tom or Tim-Bob or whatever your full redneck name is, We do know. We do know that the most educated people in this country would disagree with you. I bet you didn't graduate college... or high school. Mom is also your aunt and 2nd cousin?

          August 15, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • Pense Life

      Your comment is naïve. Go to the suburbs of Atlanta, or DC/Maryland and you would be amazed.

      August 14, 2013 at 12:08 am |
      • chris

        or NY, or Philly. Maybe not in rural GA, or KY or anyone else where being black is a licensed to be treated as an animal you racist Mf-er

        August 15, 2013 at 11:51 am |
      • chris

        that was for Tim-Bob, not you Pense Life. Apologies.

        August 15, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • sam stone

      You come on with this drivel and you want to be taken seriously?

      There are plenty of wealthy black people who give their kids normal names.

      Do white people want to be taken seriously when some of them name their kids billy bob or thelma lou?

      August 14, 2013 at 4:38 am |
  5. ms jackson

    Next thing you know somebodys going to want to name their runt Maud'dib.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm |
    • desert mouse


      August 14, 2013 at 12:10 am |
    • G to the T

      Can he be known as "Paul Muad'dib?"

      August 14, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • TheyNotHim

        He will be known as Usul, Paul Muad'dib.

        Tell me of your homeworld, Usul...

        August 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  6. Suzanne

    Beyond the concept of 'others being offended' and the 'rights of the parents' is the quality of life of the child. For similar reasons courts in this country and others have blocked names such as Heil Hitler and Gonorrhea. Back in the 1980's when people started making up names phonetically (Jaleesa, Jawaan) instead of using family/heritage names, or considering cultural or historical meaning, a family member came home from work outraged because a coworker had named her new daughter 'Latrina' -"because it sounded pretty." (the trend was to faux Francify by adding a La__ or ___a or both to an existing word or name) "Doesn't she know what a LATRINE is?! That poor child, named after a toilet!!!" A quick google search today shows that she wasn't the only poor child. Latrina is now a seldom used girls name of American origin with no particular meaning (thank goodness).

    August 13, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
    • Aimleft

      Interesting story, but doesn't excuse this judge's inserting her religious beliefs into a judicial decision. And naming a child "Messiah" is not the same as naming that child "Hitler" or "Latrina." Also, contrary to what you seem to want to imply, it is not only black people who give such names staring with "La", or that sound "too close" to another, "offensive" word. I know more than one white lady with a name like La Quida, and remember a young white Navy couple who planned to name their daughter Melena (pronounced Maleena), which is the world for black, tarry stools associated with gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

      August 14, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • chris

      great story... what's the point? They were wrong then and they are wrong now? I would have hoped 30 + years would have moved us FORWARD... not in the BACK-woods though.

      August 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  7. ms jackson

    I wonder where the name Satan falls on the popularity scale. Or God.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
  8. Maureen

    I thought we were supposed to keep state and church separate in this country; therefore, a judge shouldn't have the right to change a baby's name because she relates it to Jesus Christ. How is she to know what effect this child's name will have on him, and what right does she have to override the parents and declare her own name choice. What about baby boys named Jesus? This case just begs for an appeal.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
  9. Sorcha

    Hey, they could call him Messy for short! I like it! LOL. Agree, if Messiah is to be banned, so should Jesus, Angel, Angela, Maria, Mary, Joseph, Michael ( I could go on and on here)....get off the Bench LuAnn.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
  10. Nathan

    This judge WAAAAYYY overstepped her boundaries here. She should be reviewed–and likely removed from the bench–for this.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
    • Pollowog

      I strongly agree with having her removed from the bench. For her to do something like this in the first place seems to imply that she's let her religious beliefs affect other court outcomes. I wonder how many people have suffered or did time in jail because something they said or did offended her religious principles

      August 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
      • jo2

        Very good point.

        August 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • chris

      "AMEN" ; )

      August 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  11. Scaber

    Irregardless of my personal feelings on the name the state should have no right in deciding appropriate names for our children. Judicial overreach?

    August 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
    • AtheistSteve

      Irregardless isn't a word. It's just regardless.

      August 14, 2013 at 2:23 am |
      • Pollowog

        I'm glad somebody else noticed that!

        August 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
      • chelle

        Drives me nuts. Ranks right up there with unthaw and dribble instead of drivel.

        August 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
      • chris

        OMG, such a pet peeve. Sorry Scaber, not piling on, just hit a cord.

        August 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
  12. mikey

    Separation of church and state much. Oh nevermind, I forgot we live in America where the laws don't mean a damn thing any more (if they ever really did)

    August 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
  13. freedom

    This judge should be removed from the bench. Her religious views, regardless of which religion, should have no bearing on her rulings. Period. She is there to apply the law. The law makes no statements whatsoever regarding what names are allowed.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    While I don't support the court forcing them to change the child's first name, I cant stand seeing parents give their kids names like that. Parents think its "cute" or "hip" when they name their kids names like "messiah" or "hope" or "north" or any other atypical name but all its gonna do is make that kid a target for bullying and make them resentful for you not giving them a normal name. We had this kid at my high school named "Spirit" and he hated it. He got made fun of all the time and he resented his folks for naming him that. As soon as he graduated he got his name legally changed to frank.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • Emanuel

      Soooo it's okay to call a kid Jesus but not Messiah? Give me a break...

      August 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
      • csp

        you are comparing apples to oranges. Hey Zus is not the same a Gee bus.

        August 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
        • Five

          Since we're at it, I don't think Bill should be the same as William and Dick shouldn't be the same as Richard.

          August 14, 2013 at 1:01 am |
        • G to the T

          Ask someone who speaks spanish that question.... OF COURSE THEY ARE THE SAME!

          August 14, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • Daniel S

      I have mixed feelings about this, though I do agree that naming your kid something stupid is potentially harmful but ultimately it's up to the parents to name their kid, if it is something completely outlandish then like Abcde, then yeah totally but in this case the judge did it because of religious bias, which is in total violation of Separation of Church and State. It'll be appealed and will win. This judge is an idiot.

      August 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
    • chelle

      Hope? Seriously you are lumping an old-fashioned name like Hope in with trendy names?

      August 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • kats

      This is not even an unusual name. Some 700 kids alone were named Messiah last year in the U.S. The judge needs to be retired and her previous rulings need to be reviewed.

      August 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • chris

      So use a nickname... my goodness. Can't believe this is debateable.

      August 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
  15. Anon

    While I don't support the court forcing them to change the child's first name, I cant stand seeing parents give their kids names like that. Parents think its "cute" or "hip" when they name their kids names like "messiah" or "hope" or "north" or any other atypical name but all its gonna do is make that kid a target for bullying and make them resentful for you not giving them a normal name. We had this kid at my high school named "Spirit" and he hated it. He got made fun of all the time and he resented his folks for naming him that. As soon as he graduated he got his name legally changed to frank.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:21 pm |

    • I new a Fred who renamed himself derf.

      August 13, 2013 at 11:24 pm |

    • Pinky: "Knarf!"

      August 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
    • Nathan

      First, EVERY name was "atypical" at some point. Second, doesn't matter. You don't like it and that's fine, but the judge had no right to deny their using it as a name.

      August 13, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
  16. me

    The parents should have the right to name their kid whatever they want (within reason, I don't think swear words or derogatory slang should be used). Messiah isn't a bad name and like many others pointed out, at least it's not Moon Unit or Apple. At least if one puts aside the meaning, it sounds nice.

    There is a separation of church and state and the judge should not have used her religion as a reason to ban the parents from naming their kids this. There are a million Jesuses and Marys, will she ban them all too? It's ridiculous.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
  17. Manuel

    Did you say the Judges name was HEROD? Did she say there was something wrong with being called Messiah? How insightful of her. Since when does a judge dictate who the Messiah is or might be? What holier than thou has the ability to determine this child's destiny? I suspect the judge feels as though she herself has been named incorrectly. Maybe God Almighty would have suited her better. Looks like jealousy to me. I think this pompous behavior is worthy of public discipline and an apology to the parents. The baby is beautiful, totally innocent and fits the name Messiah perfectly.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
    • jj

      why? later on life the child will be laughed at. By that time those who hollar the loudest will demand their right

      August 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
      • sad

        Actually, when the child is laughed at, they will be accused of being racist.

        August 13, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
        • Pense Life

          And Zimmerman might shoot him just because he was black and wearing a hoodie.

          August 14, 2013 at 12:20 am |
  18. Skeptic

    What law says people have a right not to be offended?

    August 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
    • chris

      yeah.... not in there.

      August 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  19. annebeth66

    Maybe Judge Lu Ann should change her name to Judge Be Dumb. How arrogant to tell the parents that the name of their child might offend someone, when her parents named her Lu Ann and no change was made.

    August 13, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
  20. albert

    that means that no mexican in the states can use jesus, which is a common name in mexico culture

    August 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
    • lerianis

      Exactly, Albert. On appeal, the judge is going to be overturned and possibly disbarred for abuse of judicial power. Seriously, we should NOT dictate to people what they can and cannot name their children. Not even if they want to name them Adolf Hitler.

      August 13, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
      • Manuel

        I agree. And who has the right to dictate who is or might be Messiah? Certainly this beautiful baby qualifies. He is as innocent as an angel. This judge must be denied this power. This is tantamount to King Herod's slaughter of the innocents.

        August 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
      • Pollowog

        She'll be overturned, but not disbarred. Don't forget that gets done by judges too – and those guys are members of the same club she is. Maybe a slap on the wrist for making the name an illegal choice when she should have just gone back in chambers and made fun of them like the other judges do.

        August 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • Susan StoHelit

        Actually, we can, when the name amounts to cruelty to the child. Child abuse isn't allowed, and some names – not this one – are child abuse. A child is a responsibility, not a possession. Name your cat or horse or car something horrible, and it's your right. But a child has their own rights not to be abused. So you do not have complete rights to do anything you like to a child.

        August 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
        • chris

          great insight and comeback... (Not really) Hey, everyone, she just likened this to CHILD ABUSE??? Not what lerianis was saying at all. Leap much?

          August 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.