A Tennessee Cocke County Judge, Lu Ann Ballew, has overstepped her legal boundaries this week and has decreed one of the tackiest moves in judicial history.
Parents of a 7-month-old Tennessee boy didn’t get exactly what they had in mind after the judge reportedly ordered them to change the first name of their child against their will – something the parents weren’t even in court to consider.
Jaleesa Martin had taken her baby, Messiah, and his father, to court to settle a dispute regarding the child’s last name. The two were at odds with what surname the child was to take on, when the judge insisted on the radical change.
Citing that the name “Messiah” was unacceptable, the judge ordered the parents to change the name on the birth certificate to “Martin DeShaw McCullough” – a name that represents both parents last names, and omits the exclusive title of Jesus Christ, who apparently is the only person in the history of ever to be able to receive such a moniker.
"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."
Watch the imbedded report as the Child Support Magistrate tries to justify her decision, and blatantly dodges the reporters question on whether or not the name “Jesus” is an acceptable one – given the popularity of it in Portuguese and Spanish cultures.