Monday, August 12, 2013

Judge Plays God By Banning Kids God-Like Name

Don't give your kid the first name "Messiah" in parts of Tennessee.

A family court judge has decided that name is already taken, so you have to name your kid something else. Like Martin or whatever.
A Tennessee judge was not happy when
this cute little boy's mom named him "Messiah."  

This turn of events came about because a Tennessee family court judge ruled that the name Messiah is already taken by God and so she ordered the parents to rename the tyke, according to television station WBIR in Knoxville. 

The parents of what was little Messiah were in court because they split up and couldn't agree on what last name the kid should have.

However, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew instead changed the little boy's first name from Messiah to Martin.

"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," Ballew said, according to an account by WBIR.

I'm going to defy Judge Ballew here and keep calling the kid Messiah in this post. Here's why: Messiah's mom says she's going to appeal the judge's ruling.

Even though I'm not crazy about Messiah being a first name on aesthetic, not religious grounds,  but I think Mom has a strong case here.

As WBIR reports, Messiah is one of the fastests growing baby names, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.  Should we change the name of every Messiah now living in the United States out of fear God will be ever-so-pissed that people are using his name for mere humans?

The judge said she changed Messiah's name because he's in a region with a lot of Christians and the name would ruffle their feathers. But is that really the judge's problem? And is naming a kid Messiah actually honoring God? I don't know Mom's motivation in naming the kid, but that could be one.

What about people named Jesus? There are a TON of regular people, many of them Hispanics, with the first name Jesus. Should they change their names?

And should we change the names of kids who just have weird first names, because those monikers might bother people?  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their new bundle of joy North West. (Will their next kid be the sibling's polar opposite, South East?)

After all, people have recently given first names like Couture, Inny, Sesame, Shoog, Burger, Goodluck, Hippo, Mango and Tron to their kids, according to

I think Judge Ballew was playing God when deciding to change the kid's name because it was too much like God's.

So mom's appeal will probably work.

If God doesn't want another kid named Messiah, he'll deal with it, not some ignorant judge from Tennessee.

And who knows if little Messiah from Tennessee is destined for great things in the future?

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