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Judge Orders Child's Name Changed from Messiah to Martin

The judge appeared to be relying on her religious beliefs in (on her own initiative) rejecting the name Messiah.  Her actions came in the course of considering a disagreement between the unmarried parents over the child's last name. The look on the judge's face when the reporter asks about children named Jesus is too good to miss.  Watch the video.

 

Speaking of kids named Jesus:

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Is there any wonder why more and more people view religion .... nay, Christian churchianity .... as an autocratic cult? 

I hope that this judge's ruling is overturned in a New York minute (which my spies tell me is pretty darned fast!).

Johnny Carson is alleged to haveonce said that it's the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn.

That's not fast enough in this case.
 

Messiah is a great name for that ADORABLE baby.

His mother's beautiful, too.  (A Madonna!)

(The judge is a maroon.  Where is Koch (?) County?)

The look on her face when she was asked about babies named Jesus was nothing compared to her look when Cyrus the Great crashed throgh her faux-wood panlled wall like the Kool-Aid Man, and challenged her to take away his title of messiah.

Alas, that happened off camera.

"I didn't think a judge could make me change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs." 

It seems that, at least in this case, Jaleesa Martin has a better understanding of constitutional law than does Judge Ballew.

(Gerelyn: Cooke County is in east Tennessee, near the North Carolina border.)

(Thanks, Luke.)

The "judge" should take a look at Ancestry.com to see 274 million results for first name Messiah.

 

First few:

 

 

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Allen

SPOUSE: 

Jean Allen

BIRTH: 

abt 1912 - Texas

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Matagorda, Matagorda, Texas

RESIDENCE: 

San Antonio, Bexar, Texas

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah E Clark

SPOUSE: 

Mary M Clark

BIRTH: 

abt 1895 - Virginia

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Rural, Halifax, Virginia

RESIDENCE: 

Roanoke, Halifax, Virginia

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Cunningham

SPOUSE: 

Annie Cunningham

BIRTH: 

abt 1895 - Alabama

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Acmar, St Clair, Alabama

RESIDENCE: 

Jefferson, Alabama

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Dowell

SPOUSE: 

Leo Dowell

BIRTH: 

abt 1913 - North Carolina

RESIDENCE: 

1935

RESIDENCE: 

Tatoms, Columbus, North Carolina

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Hair

BIRTH: 

abt 1932 - Illinois

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois

RESIDENCE: 

Chicago, Cook, Illinois

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Hennedy

BIRTH: 

abt 1912 - Pennsylvania

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Mount Pleasant, Wayne, Pennsylvania

RESIDENCE: 

Mount Pleasant, Wayne, Pennsylvania

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Jones

SPOUSE: 

Henry Jones

BIRTH: 

abt 1888 - Bahama Islands

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Monroe, Florida

RESIDENCE: 

Monroe, Florida

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Klopp

SPOUSE: 

Kate Klopp

BIRTH: 

abt 1873 - Pennsylvania

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania

RESIDENCE: 

Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Maligian

BIRTH: 

abt 1885 - Armenia

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts

RESIDENCE: 

Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Manookion

SPOUSE: 

Martha Manookion

BIRTH: 

abt 1888 - Turkey

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - New York, Bronx, New York

RESIDENCE: 

New York, Bronx, New York

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Moukalian

SPOUSE: 

Santuk Moukalian

BIRTH: 

abt 1902 - Turkey

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Cleveland, Ohio

RESIDENCE: 

Detroit, Wayne, Michigan

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Polite

BIRTH: 

abt 1934 - South Carolina

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Rural, Jasper, South Carolina

RESIDENCE: 

Roberts, Jasper, South Carolina

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Sheely

SPOUSE: 

Martha Sheely

BIRTH: 

abt 1906 - Pennsylvania

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Rural, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

RESIDENCE: 

Millcreek, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Taylor

BIRTH: 

abt 1905 - Georgia

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia

RESIDENCE: 

Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Thomas

BIRTH: 

abt 1914 - Oklahoma

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Rural, Okmulgee, Oklahoma

RESIDENCE: 

Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

 

1940 United States Federal CensusCENSUS & VOTER LISTSView Image

NAME: 

Messiah Torosian

SPOUSE: 

Prantzem Torosian

BIRTH: 

abt 1895 - Turkey

RESIDENCE: 

1935 - Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts

RESIDENCE: 

Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

A goofy mother and a goofy judge.

 

The Lesson: avoid court at all cost.

 

P.S.  the name “Luanne Bellue” is pretty funny, too, Your Honor

(Sorry about the long post, Eduardo.  I didn't know it would stretch out like that.)

 

From NPR's blog:

 

The name Messiah has steadily grown in popularity since 2005. As a check with the Social Security Administration's database of baby names shows, the name was in the top 400 for 2012, after being ranked outside the top 1,000 names in 2004 and earlier years.

According to the SSA, the surge in naming babies Messiah put it fourth on the list of the fastest-growing names in 2012 — just behind Jase. But Judge Ballew says she believes the name could put an unfair burden on the boy later in life.

"I thought out into the future," she tells WBIR, explaining that the name "could put him at odds with a lot of people."

Can we change Judge Bellue's first name to Incompetence? It would be in the best interests of the community.

We don't look to the courts for parenting tips, and this is one reason why. On the other hand, Judge Lu Ann is probably correct in her guess that little Messiah will get a lot of abuse from his Bible-loving peer group in school.

Compared the the judge being right once, what is with the parents? I have read a dozen stories, and they all appear to be rewrites of what you see on TV above. So. Are the parents married? No answer. What is with the father -- where does he work, does he work, is he participating in raising little Messiah? No answers. All we know about the family is the mother's motto: "Everybody believes what they want."

They sure do.

The movie Cat Ballou was a spoof of western movies.  This judge is turning out to be a spoof of jurisprudence.

Gerelyn:  the judge is really a maroon moron, dontcha think?

How about if we just shorten it to "Lu Bellue?"

The name Lu Bellue

Is pretty funny, too.

It should have been a character

In Catch 22.

Rulings like this give God a bad reputation.

Tom, thanks for trying to bring some context to this story. From the clip above, it sounds like the parents were in a wrangle over the baby's last name (uncertainty about the paternity of the child?) and the judge came up with a compromise (father's and mother's surnames), which also "corrected" what she saw as a problematic first name. I can see where some names could be viewed as tantamount to abuse (vulgarities or profanities), but "Messiah," like it or not, hardly seems to qualify.

Apparently some states do have restrictions on given names with numerals, ampersands, @, and even some accent marks (California tries to prohibit parents from adding the accent to Lucia or Jose). Whether these laws hold up under federal constitutional scrutiny is explored by a UC-Davis law prof: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1747858

FWIW, Dad went to school with a kid named Sterling Silver. Everyone thought that the parents were morons. But the parents thought it sounded pretty and reflected how much they valued him.

And then there was Texas heiress Ima Hogg and all those names Zappa gave his kids ...

8 year-olds, Lu Ann, 8 year-olds.

Jim at 5:02: Gerelyn is making what I'm sure you know is an essential cultural reference.

Gerelyn, don't you mean crimson?

Hope she doesn't bann the name Christian. Could be trouble in some countries.

Actually lets change it to Impeach as that is what should happen to her.

 

Jean:

Since paternity isn't mentioned, my guess would be that the mother just wants her kid to have her name. I can empathize with a mother not wanting to have her kid have someone else's name just because he is male and she is female, especially if she is the primary caregiver.

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Eduardo Moisés Peñalver is the John P. Wilson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the subjects of property and land use law.