Lucky the judge intervened

Lucky the judge intervened otherwise this child may well have been yet another victim of Silly First Name Syndrome. Pity the judge couldn’t save the mother from the same fate.

A judge in the southern US state of Tennessee has ordered parents who named their son Messiah to change it.

“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 Lu Ann Ballew said in the ruling last week, according to the newspaper The Tennessean.

The parents of the seven month old boy had gone to court because they could not decide what the child’s last name would be – the father’s or the mother’s. 

The judge ordered that the child go by the last names of both, and along the way surprised everyone by ordering the first name be changed as well – to Martin.

The mother, Jaleesa Martin, is appealing. She said she and the father had not named the baby Messiah for religious reasons but rather because they liked the way it sounded.

The judge said it was the first time she ordered a name change.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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