Monday, August 12, 2013

Only in the South: A judge decides a baby's name----and it's not Messiah

The Associated Press reported on Sunday, and picked up by Yahoo!, that a Tennessee judge changed a 7 month old boy's name, which has the child's mother contemplating an appeal.


You might say that Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew employed the wisdom of Solomon in christening the toddler Martin DeShawn McCullough, after the child's mother, Jaleesa Martin, had named her son Messiah. Citing the fact that the city of Newport, in Cocke County, was part of a large Christian population, Ballew determined that "Messiah" is a title, not a name, even though it ranked #4 among the fastest rising baby names a year ago, according to the Social Security Administration. Apparently, Ms. Martin doesn't realize how some folks in the South take the Bible very, very seriously. She said that she liked the sound of Messiah, alongside her other two children, Micah & Mason. Well, I get the logic there, but I don't think she understands the connotation of the word, which is associated with Jesus Christ.

Ms. Martin said she would appeal the judge's ruling, but a compromise might be in order. You just can't make this stuff up.


magicdog said...

Didn't know "Messiah" was such a popular name these days.

A parent in the US - last I checked, has the right to name his child what he wishes, and needn't require approval from some civil authority (unlike Germany, in which they have strict rules to follow on child naming).

Considering some children these days has ridiculous names like "Pepsi", "Essence" and "Jermajesty", I don't know why a judge thinks he has any say in this. I'd rather have a kid named Messiah than Pepsi.

hobbyfan said...

It's in Tennessee. They do wacky things in the South, especially when it comes to Biblical issues.