Tennessee Child Support Magistrate, Lu Ann Ballew ordered a 7-month-old baby’s name to be changed last week according to WBIR TV. The boys parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name. Apparently the father’s last name; McCullogh was not on the baby’s birth certificate which listed the child’s name as, Messiah Deshawn Martin.
When the judge heard the boy’s first name she ordered it changed too. Judge Ballew has been quoted as saying, “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.”
Naturally, the baby’s mother plans to appeal the ruling.
Now… for me, this one falls in the “What The Heck!??” category. I’m not at all surprised a Judge ordered the name changed and I won’t even raise an eyebrow if a higher court rules the forced name change is illegal and reverses the order.
What shocked me is that someone actually named her child, “Messiah.” I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this. It simply never occurred to me “Messiah” would be a name that anyone would even consider naming her child.
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