So…Christ was banned as a name, as “Registrar-General ofÂ Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery said names deemedÂ offensive, such as swear words or those of a religious nature such asÂ Christ, would be blocked.”
How many children were named Muhammed? Surely this is exactly theÂ same?
It seems you can’t draw an image of Muhammed but you can name your kids after him…a drawing is offensive but a name is not.
In the Herald’s world too, the drawing is offensive if it is of Muhammed, but not of Jesus.
The Herald reports:
“Special Constable” is among dozens of Kiwi names rejected last year because they were too bizarre or offensive for newborns.
Internal Affairs declined 60 name requests last year, including “Mr”, “Lucifer” and “Christ”. One child was set to be called “3rd” before the proposal was vetoed and another narrowly avoided being dubbed “Royal-Rule”. Five people were also knocked back for trying to name their offspring “/”.
The department’s rules forbid any name that implied a child held a title or a rank, so “Duke”, “Prince,” “Princess” and “Majesty” were dismissed. The most popular name rejected was “Justice” which featured six times. Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery said names deemed offensive, such as swear words or those of a religious nature such as Christ, would be blocked.
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