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Old August 12th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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US judge changes baby's name from Messiah to Martin

A judge in the US has ordered a baby's first name to be changed from Messiah to Martin, arguing that the only true messiah is Jesus Christ, reports say.

The parents of seven-month old Messiah DeShawn Martin had gone to court in Tennessee over his last name.

But Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the first name changed too, local broadcaster WBIR-TV said.

Last year more than 700 babies were named Messiah in the US, according to the Social Security Administration.

Christianity sees Jesus as the Messiah, while Judaism uses the term to mean an anticipated saviour of the Jews.

Dictionary definitions say the word can mean anyone seen as a saviour or a liberator.
'No choice'

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.

Sarah Crown, editor of Mumsnet: "Think about whether you could yell it across a supermarket."

She was able to make the order because the parents were already in a child support hearing in a dispute over what their son's last name should be.

Instead the judge ruled that the baby was to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents' last name.

"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.

The baby's mother, Jaleesa Martin, told WBIR she would appeal against the judge's order.

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

She said she chose the name not because of its religious connotations, but because she liked how it sounded with her two other children's names, Micah and Mason.

Messiah came in at number 387 in the list of the most popular of baby names in the US in 2012, up from 633 in 2011.
Yeah, because nobody named Martin ever got in a big fight with Christians.

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I saw this story.

Where are the usual suspects crying about "activist judges"?
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Old August 12th, 2013, 12:22 PM   #3
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Ah, she just didn't want the kid to spend his life being called Messy.
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I saw this story.

Where are the usual suspects crying about "activist judges"?
I think it is stupidest thing I ever heard.

(see we can agree)

I wonder if he is going to change all the Hispanics named Jesus to George or something.
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I think it is stupidest thing I ever heard.

(see we can agree)

I wonder if he is going to change all the Hispanics named Jesus to George or something.
That would work great. Then we could have all the Martins vs. all the Georges.
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I think it is stupidest thing I ever heard.

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I wonder if he is going to change all the Hispanics named Jesus to George or something.
The he (the judge) in this case is a she.
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The he (the judge) in this case is a she.
I am not familiar with the case only heard about it this afternoon.. Phil Valentine was ranting about it (Conservative Talkshow guy from TN)

this was a TN Judge.. that really was about all I knew except to say.. What the heck?
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The meaning of the name Messiah is Anointed One

The origin of the name Messiah is English
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Jesus name in Hebrew was not Jesus or Messiah

it was Joshua bar Joseph.


God With US, Greek it was Emmanuel.
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