Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Only one "Messiah"; or, how Lu Ann Ballew may be the worst judge in America

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Even in a country full of right-wing assaults on the separation of church and state, this one boggles the mind:

A legal fight over a Tennessee baby's last name took an unexpected turn late last week when a judge ruled that the parents of the seven-month-old boy must change his first name. The issue, at least as Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew saw it, was that the child's name was "Messiah," a moniker Ballew believes should be reserved only for Jesus Christ. Here's local NBC affiliate station WBIR-TV with more of the judge's logic:

"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... 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.

The judge's solution: Changing "Messiah DeShawn Martin" to "Martin DeShawn McCullough." But, as you would expect, that doesn't mean mother Jaleesa Martin is happy with the name change. Martin said she originally decided on Messiah for her son because it was a unique-sounding name that seemed to fit in nicely with her two older children's names, Micah and Mason. "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," Martin told WBIR-TV. "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." She is now appealing Judge Ballew's decision. 

Yes, I would hope so. If only the Founders were around to throw the book at this ridiculous theocrat.

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  • "Judge" Ballew needs to look up the word "messiah".

    1. It comes from Hebrew.
    2. It is properly pronounced mau-SHEE-uch (guttural "ch" as in "achtung" or "loch").
    3. Its meaning has nothing to do with salvation, nor is it applicable to only one possible person. Nor even ONLY persons. It was also applied to holy Temple fixtures and instruments; to prophets and priests; and even to a NON-Jewish king (Cyrus of Persia).
    4. It means "anointed; that which is anointed; one who is anointed".

    Now, "Judge" Ballew, tell me please which true Jewish prophet anointed anybody as a Jewish king under the Jewish laws of Jewish kings, in Jesus's time, with the required precise mixture of pure olive oil and spices, and by drawing what shape with his finger dipped in that mixture, on the forehead of which supposed king-elect.

    Thank you. And now go learn a little about the REAL Messiah -- from a JEWISH-edited translation of Genesis through II Chronicles. Have a nice day.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:11 PM  

  • Religion biased people should never be judging anyone. Let alone what name parents choose for their child.

    I am disgusted the high and mighty religious people who persecute others. Religion causes war...and those who let others control their minds with holy baloney are needy, ignorant and self-inflated.

    Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew has shown the world that she should absolutely be removed from her authoritarian roll, and IF she wants to return, she should be sent somewhere to be deprogrammed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:01 PM  

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