This Should Be Illegal Anyway, Just on Principle.

US judge changes baby’s name from Messiah to Martin

There is no part of this story that is not weird.  The parents of Messiah DeShawn Martin went to court to settle on the boy’s last name in the heat of a custody dispute.  By the time they left, the judge had not only tacked on both parents’ last names onto his, but changed his first name from “Messiah” to “Martin”.

Before we go further, I agree with this solely on the basis that Messiah sounds like an absolutely ridiculous name.  The mother said she chose it not for religious purposes, but on the basis of how it sounded.  This, by the way, is how we get names like “Diarrhea”, and “Chlamydia”.  No joke, the latter was a checkout clerk at the local Stop and Shop many moons ago.  I am also apparently in the minority in my opinion, as 700 children were given the name Messiah last year alone.  No word on how many white kids have names with the root “-aiden”, but I can’t shake the feeling that they number in the millions.  Moving on.

The judge in Cocke County said the name Messiah could cause the boy difficulties if he grew up in a predominantly Christian area.

“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,” Judge Ballew said.

“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,” she said.

See, she actually could have managed to sway me up until the last part.  If you start naming kids after popular religious titles, then the possibility exists you are saddling them with some difficulty later on down the road.  Of course, there are plenty of Marys, Josephs, Johns, and Jesuses running around without too much heavy breathing and pearl clutching, so maybe in the end, what’s another silly name to add into the mix?  At least he’s not named after an explosive bowel ailment.

But to go a step further and put on record that she changed his name on the basis that it was a title for Jesus Christ alone all of a sudden makes this entire decision based on religion and not social considerations … and that overstepped the law.  The Martin’s mother Jaleesa plans to appeal.

But … just … “Messiah”?  Really?

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4 Responses to This Should Be Illegal Anyway, Just on Principle.

  1. Yes, I thought this was goofy, too, considering how many Jesus, Mary and Josephs there are. Funny how the judge thought it was within her rights to change the name–because, I guess, God appointed her as the name guardian.

    I’m sure mom won’t have any problem appealing this.

  2. Kathy says:

    This judge is so far out of line, she should be disbarred.

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