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Yahoo: Tennessee judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'
NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy's name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jxxxx Cxxxxx."
Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV. The boy's parents were in court because they could not agree on the child's last name, but when the judge heard the boy's first name, she ordered it changed, too.
"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," Ballew said.
It was the first time she ordered a first name change, the judge said.
Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names.
The judge in eastern Tennessee said the baby was to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents' last name.
The boy's mother, Jaleesa Martin, of Newport, said she will appeal. She says Messiah is unique and she liked how it sounded alongside the boy's two siblings — Micah and Mason.
"Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else," Martin said.
Ballew said the name Messiah could cause problems if the child grows up in Cocke County, which has a large Christian population.
"The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jxxxx Cxxxxx," the judge said.
Esser Agaroth (2¢):
So, basically, we see here a chipping away of rights, as well as the fuzzing of boundaries between religion and state in the U. S.
Who doesn't remember the battle over the baby named "Adolf Hilter" (may his name and memory be blotted out!) by his parents? Most agreed that it was incredibly cruel and offensive, if not just insane. Nonetheless, the parents' rights right to name their baby whatever they want was infringed upon. Most agreed, at that time, that was acceptable in this case. But, did not anyone consider, at that time, who or what would be next?
Many Americans will agree that this was an acceptable decision on the part of the judge. No doubt, an ambitious attorney will pick up on this case, and appeal it for free, for the publicity. S/He may even win the appeal.
In the meantime, I see no reason why these parents shouldn't call their son whatever they want. Who cares what's on a piece of paper? By not calling their baby by the name they gave him, they are giving the courts, and thus the U. S. government, power over them, which it should not have.
As a side note, Mashi'ah (Messiah) is not unheard of as a name in Israel. And, believe you me, it does not refer to anyone but the real Mashi'ah for whom we pine, not false ones or false deities, or whatever the Sons of Esau happen to be calling Jxxxx Cxxxxx (may his name and memory be blotted out!) these days.
In any event, who or what will be next?
How will Muslims in the U. S. take this decision? Will they sympathize with the family? Will their rights to name their children "Jihad," (holy war) which is not unheard of, be the next target?
Are we seeing a taste of the conflict between Esau (the West) vs. Yishma'el (Arabs/Islam) on Esau's own territory? We have already seen this in Europe, and we have certainly already seen elements of a full blown conflict between the two on Esau vs. Yishma'el's territory.
Or are we simply seeing the next step in the Powers' That Be control crackdown in the U. S.?
And, as always, at Esser Agaroth (2¢), this begs the question, How long will it take for Jews to see the proverbial writing on the wall? How long and hard will the spiritual kick in the pants have to be for them to wake up finally, realize that the U. S. (and Canada, and the U. K., Australia, Europe, you name it!) is not our home, and get out, and move to our only true home, the Land of Isreal?
Hopefully, before it's too late.