The long-awaited return of the Messiah has come to pass... in Cocke County, Tennessee. [Teal recently posted about this too.]
Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew has ordered that little 7 month old Messiah be renamed because only Jesus Christ can be called Messiah.
How did this case even get before the judge whose taste in jewelry tends toward the religious (when speaking to CNN affiliate WBIR, she wore earrings in the shape of a cross)? It seems the poor kid's unmarried parents could not agree on a LAST name. But the judge focused on the FIRST name. She gave the parents one hour to agree on a new name but, heavens, they were apparently unable to do that, so the judge made the decision for them. Henceforth the little boy would be known as Martin DeShawn McCullough (the father's last name).
The mom insists she will continue to call him Messiah which, according to U.S. Social Security Administration stats, was the 4th fastest growing boy's name from 2011-12. It appears, then, that there are plenty of little budding Messiahs tottering around out there who, thank the Lord, escaped the attention of Judge Ballew.
My own view is that, if this judge wants to get into name changing at all, she ought to focus instead on renaming Cocke County. And what about all those Mexican kids named Jesus???