He ain’t no “Jesus” so you better chance that baby name! Thought this is not the exact statement made by the Tennessee Judge it’s pretty much what she said in a technical way.
It was all over the news and social media sites yesterday when a Judge took it upon herself to order the parents of 7 month old baby, Messiah DeShawn Martin to change his first name to“Martin.”
The holy judge of christian background justifies her reasoning with this statement: “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.”
In case your wondering how the couple arrived in court, here is the dish. “According to a WBIR TV report, Jaleesa Martin and the father of Messiah could not agree on a last name, which is how they ended up at a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court last Thursday.”
It all went down hill from there:
“Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew serves the 4th Judicial District of Tenn. including the following counties: Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier.
The name change was part of Judge Ballew’s case; however, the parents did not think the first name would be changed.
Judge Ballew ordered the 7-month-old’s name be “Martin DeShawn McCullough.” It includes both parent’s last names but leaves out Messiah.
“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,” Judge Ballew said.
Martin responded saying, “I was shocked. I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn’t think a judge could make me change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs.”
According to Judge Ballew, it is the first time she has ordered a first name change. She said the decision is best for the child, especially while growing up in a county with a large Christian population.
“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.”
This story has been turning heads all over but the fact still remains, there are many children named “Jesus” its just a name to some people and treasured to others. Check out this video clip of the Judge and her reasoning:
For more, go to WBIR TV.
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