Hang on a minute…you can’t name your kid Christ, but you can name them Muhammed?

So…Christ was banned as a name, as “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.”

How many children were named Muhammed? Surely this is exactly the 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.

If the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages is going to be consistent then he will be banning all derivations of Muhammed for exactly the same reasons.

I’ll bet that an OIA to Births, Deaths and Marriages shows there was more than one child named Muhammed last year in New Zealand, making a mockery of the policy of yet another government department.

In the UK last year Muhammed was the most popular name for babies.

Stuff reports:

In the UK Mohammed, the most popular name in the world, became the most used male baby name (using three different spellings) in the past year.

So you can’t draw a picture of the “prophet” but you can name your ratbag kids after him…interesting.


– NZ Herald, Fairfax

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