Just recently a Newport, Tennessee court, decided a mother could not name her baby "Messiah." Apparently, Messiah is fast becoming a popular name for a child. The Town of Newport is reputed to consist of a large Christian population and that obviously fed into the judge's decision. The judge stated on the record that the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ." Whatever one's religious beliefs, the courts are supposed to divorce themselves of religious decision making and apparently this judge, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew, did not.
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I agree with you. I have heard of names like Mercedes, OShaunda, and what not. I feel bad for the kids but they will be able to change their names if they choose to. We've got worse problems that judges should be tending to.
I agree w/u Peeples & Express10. I would never choose the name Messiah for one of my children, but I believe I can give my child whatever name I choose. The judge overstepped her bounds & should be disciplined.
When I was younger, I thought African Americans came up with outlandish names; names that weren't John, Jim or Pam. Now, I love them. I wanted to name a daughter T'Chala, a derivative of an African name. Who r we to decide the rightness of a name?
I practiced in Family Court for years. The judge has no right to interject her religious beliefs." Best Interests of the Child" has nothing to do with this case. The judge can try to mitigate the damage to her image on TV, but she is wrong.
I worked mostly in estates and trusts, but I did file for my own divorce. Courts and states have more "rights" once parents are divorced. I agree with you, she has no right to base a case on her religious beliefs. I'm interested in the appeal!
Amen to that! That's why I say, I can't wait to see the appeal. I just can't imagine this sticking in court.
Very strong opinion, but I agree. Check out my 4th comment to RTalloni that lists some of the names of celebrities & their children. Moses & Elijah are among them. No one questions them or the Hispanic worlds use of the name Jesus.
I agree with you. This ain't Sweden." No U.S. Court should be able to interject their personal religious beliefs into a decision. As long as the child isn't named "Run, there is a bomb and the building is on fire." LOL.
Don't take my question too literal. It's not what a judge can do; it is what "can" a judge do. Confusing? Legislation vs Constitutional law. I would hope u would be right about the Supreme Ct., but the S.C. is often politically motivated.
The reality is, I am so not into "far out" names for children, I have difficulty even treating these topics seriously. What does a parent want for his/her child to have as NAME, for a LIFETIME?and what do they they take into consideration b-4hand?
Who decides what names are appropriate? That's socialism or a dictatorship. And, any name can be made fun of. Greg/egg. Lucy - that girl is ... You would take away a parent's right to name their child, their creation.
Well said Diane.
I have a relative named Seven. It's actually a common name around here.
A good friend named his daughter "Five." I believe you should be able to name your child whatever you like except "fire" or "it's a bomb." If you shout to a child with either of those 2 names, it might cause a panic. LOL.
What if I named my child "it's a bomb" or "I've got a gun?" Calling them for dinner might cause a problem. LOL.
Actually Family Court has no special privileges to enforce the court's personal religious beliefs on people. I was an attorney in Family Court. This judge was wrong.
You are mistaken on Constitutional law. And the judge went beyond what is acceptable. The judge stated religion was why she decided as she did. She said only one was allowed being called Messiah. Read Justice Black & Supreme Ct. decisions.
But gov. is not allowed to make a decision "based" on their religious beliefs, which is exactly what this judge did. She even put it on the record that that is why she decided the way she did. That is not allowed under our Constitution.
I believe it is allowed under our constitution and that's why there's a sadly subtle move to change the constitution.
Where, RealityTalk? You are citing something from the Constitution that doesn't exist.
Constitutional Law 101. The judge in this case interjected her religious beliefs. Justice Black wrote decisions relating to the establishment clause, where he insisted on the strict separation of church and state. & "messiah" is not Jesus' name.
I will read your Hub, but what makes "Alison" an acceptable name? Broke apart it is Ali - like Muhammad & Son - someone's child. It only sounds acceptable to you because u grew up with it. So a stranger can demand u name your child from her list?
Google the case for more details; it was on Yahoo this morning. It was a couple before the court arguing the name. The court decided on religious, not secular grounds however. The name was offensive to the court, so the judge chose a name.
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