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Judge Orders Parents to Change Son's Name from 'Messiah'

A judge in Tennessee has ordered a couple to change their son's name from 'Messiah' to 'Martin'

By: Daniel Koren
Published: August 14th, 2013 in News » World
'The Appearance of the Messiah' by Alexandr Ivanov

The Jewish people have been waiting thousands of years for the Messiah to come. And, had not it not been for the efforts of a judge from Cocke County in Tennessee, we could have, at the very least, met a person named 'Messiah.'

According to Gawker, via Tennessee news station WBIR, after hearing testimonials from two parents who named their child 'Messiah,' child support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew decreed they change their son's name to 'Martin' because "[t]he 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."

Ballew ordered the child to be named 'Martin DeShawn McCullough,' a name that incorporates both parents' surnames and no longer has confrontational religious affiliations. "It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is," said Ballew.

Messiah...er....Martin's mother, Jaleesa Martin, is now appealing Ballew's decision, and is reportedly flabbergasted at being ordered to change her son's name.

"I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means god and I didn't think a judge could make me change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs," she said to WBIR.

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