A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week…The boy’s parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name, but when the judge heard the boy’s first name, she ordered it changed, too…

Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration’s annual list of popular baby names.

The judge in eastern Tennessee said the baby was to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents’ last name.

The boy’s mother, Jaleesa Martin, of Newport, said she will appeal. She says Messiah is unique and she liked how it sounded alongside the boy’s two siblings — Micah and Mason.

“Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else,” Martin said…

“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,” the judge said.

Idjits in the Neo-Confederacy still manage to confuse their bible with law. This bonehead judge should be removed from office.

  1. It’s hard to imagine that even a crimson-red state like Tennessee has the flimsy legal underpinnings to support this silly decision. It’s always a shame when good sense and legal logic don’t prevail at step 1.

    Think of the name as aspirational, and in trying to live up to his name, Messiah might grow up trying to save us from our petty politicians and judges. The judge recognized that this would place her in jeopardy and took the necessary step for self-preservation.

  2. shooff says:

    More wasted tax dollars. Millions on the litigation, civil rights lawsuit vs. Magistrate. Are you kidding me. Getting a position in government only confirms lack of brain power.

    This chic is going to get taxpayers on the hook for millions. The teaparty should hang her.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      I guess its “fair” to call the Legal System a branch of the gubment but it is very different from the other two. almost not of the same “type.”

      an appeal from the decision should only cost a few thousand dollars. A few thousand more to appeal that. No where near millions.

      And yes–it should be an issue for some internal judicial review panel if the state has such a thing.

      “Thats a Judge?”–I think that every time I hear Gomert talk. This gal could give me a run for his money. religion does something to you. Imagine TEA-dud behing told “yes sir” to everything he said for 20 years??????

      Oh…. the HORROR!!!!

  3. NewformatSux says:

    Nice quote there from an editor who supports the mandate that companies pay for birth control and abortion.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      What does access to healthcare as part of a general benefits package got to do with naming a kiddie based on one religious set of principles/dogma instead of being nut sack neutral?

      • NewformatSux says:

        If you could read, or understand what you read, you would know the answer.

        • pedro says:

          You’re asking way too much to someone whose religion is politics. He believes in his prophets leaders.

          • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

            Neither one of you can connect your own dots.

            Thats what I see.

            but I do have to ask to find out you are proud of how stupid you appear.

          • pedro says:

            Poor deflection attempt Bobbo. We all connected the dots long ago but keep trying, one day you might do it too

    • pedro says:

      Nothing screams hypocrite more than a staunch anti-religion person “outraged” about a court decision to take away a deeply religious name of a kid.


      • (blank) says:

        Don’t be so sure! Those who are all about “anti religion” just pray to a different god. They might say they are enlightened or possibly even Atheists. But most have no idea just how clueless and hypocritical they really are when it comes to their one true religion – GOBERMENT!

        Bobbo is a perfect example too. Oh! Excuse me. I think “it” (since I’m not sure he/she has a gender) recently added an extra “b” in it’s name to try and cover up the fact that it’s not the same old dyslexic BOOB! You know what they say? “Leftie LOOSIE!”

        And if you yawn too much these religious LEFT will find it offensive since you’re clearly not working enough towards their communist Utopia. They will get all goberment-religious on you with more new taxes and try to expand their goberment churches to try to take you for everything you have. (Now you know why they hate the TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY party.)

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          Yes, I am anti-religious MEANING: religion should not be forced on those who do not wish it.

          Parents should be able to name their kiddies anything except Pedro, for obvious reasons.

          That being a given, it is as usual JUST THE OPPOSITE of what Pedo for Brains has posted.

          Nothing new.

          • pedro says:

            Religion, among other thing, was a means to control people be it by facts or by BS. Your religion is being liberul and boy what a load of BS have you swallowed.

  4. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Why isn’t Obama the nut ball, claiming specific chatter…then closing Embassies throughout the middle east?

    Undermining our relationship with Russia, to catch a man whose only crime was being consistent with Obama’s pre Presidential positions about Government spying on its own citizens.

    Why isn’t Eideard the nutball, considering his constant foaming at the mouth at Republicans, Christians, Tea Party, anyone not having drunk the kool-aid?


    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      TEA-dud==connect the dots: from Snowden to naming a kiddie based on one religious set of principles/dogma instead of being nut sack neutral?

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        Why don’t you connect the dots?

        Nothing goes faster than light;
        Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

        distance is holographic, not actual.

        We exist in the mind of God:

        For in him we live, and move, and have our being; (Act 17:28 KJV)

        By His concurrence you act:

        And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Col 1:17 KJV)

        Its time to humble yourself:

        8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
        9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
        10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (Jam 4:8-10 KJV)

        that is connecting the dots

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          I think what you are saying is the dots exist in Gods mind which stands outside of time and space?

          Finally! Something that makes sense.

          Thanks Alfie.

        • (blank) says:


          When complete idiots like you use the King James Bible as some sort of evidence you just EMPOWER assholes like Bobbo.

          Try waking up to REALITY! Because you’re about to make people like me do something we/I really dislike – AGREE with Bobbo!!!

          • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

            What a compelling argument…for remaining anonymous, Mr. Blank

          • pedro says:

            And that’s why nobody agrees with you and labels you the opposite polarity dallas, alfie.

        • Dallas says:

          “…Spooky action at a distance is faster than light….distance is holographic, not actual…”

          Wow, that ‘s all I needed to read. ..and I thought LSD was a drug of the 70′s.

          Alphie, how long does it take authorities to reach your cabin? I’m concerned.

    • Tim says:

      “”Why isn’t Eideard the nutball, considering his constant foaming at the mouth at Republicans, Christians, Tea Party, anyone not having drunk the kool-aid?

      Maybe because, for the most part, those *institutions* have all drunk the kool-aid themselves? Neocons and 911 liarthers have infested and corrupted the so called Tea Party movement which arose out of the mass marches for Ron Paul in 2007. Christian loyalty to denominations are just as bad as D/R voters — all serving the same master whether they know it or not.

      The Hey There Obama song was good; I wonder if this is one of those eternal, un-fixable sins?


      My first impression of that is that it’s absolutely satire –he’s trying to remember his lines– but you never know.

  5. NewformatSux says:

    Hey, why is it OK to name the kid after the Roman God of war?

  6. The Watcher says:

    In so far as the Hispanic population naming their boys “Jesus”, it seems to me that we’re already used to it. Just unusual among non-Hispanics….

    And, apparently, this family aren’t part of a “minority”, so the Judge felt safe….

    Friend of mine’s daughter is “Divine”…. Can’t say what planet, but she’s also enough of a minority to keep this Judge silent….

    IMHO, kind of silly, but harmless. However, the kids may suffer from this sort of thing.

    Apparently nobody’s noticed that “Jesus” is “Joshua” in the original Hebrew, and nobody seems to notice kids named “Joshua”….

    (Maybe it’s because “Jesus” is pronounced “Heysus”?)


    • (blank) says:

      Care to tell us how you feel about the names DWEEZEL or MOONUNIT? I think I already know how Frank Zappa feels.

      And by the way, anyone happen to catch what State Al Gore emanates from? Still think it’s a coincidence that it’s right about mid way between Florida and Illinois (Obama’s old turf)?!

    • deegee says:

      Jesus was a proper name long before the time when Jesus of Nazareth was born, used by many people.

      Messiah is a title, not a proper name. It’s like naming your child “Lord of All”.

  7. Dallas says:

    Why do Teapublicans want to regulate the names of America’s children?

    • Mextli says:

      Because we still want to tell the boys from the girls but it’s a lost cause especially on the left coast.

    • pedro says:

      And in comes the blog’s biggest hypocrite to show how much he believes in his leaders but laughs at those who believe in a religion. Calling religions BS but unable to see the BS in his prophet…. eeerr, leaders.

    • Daniel says:

      I’m sure more rational people would agree, it’s irresponsible of either of the parents to want a name that will invite divisiveness and teasing towards a child, and possibly start riots in the streets. Unless the parents are looking for a paycheck from the publishers, that is, when the child goes nuts and blows people away in a theater from all the “emotional trauma”. What hind-sight questions will be asked then? Didn’t the liberals “puss-a-fy” our schools to eliminate bullying in the first place?

  8. Uncle Patso says:

    A kid named Jesus could be called Jesse or Jess; Joshua/Josh or Joss.

    What will other kids call Messiah? Messy?

  9. deowll says:

    You don’t name your kid Judas or Messiah unless you or foolish or vicious enough to want them to be abused full time.

  10. Supreme Ultrahuman (I see the comment system is still designed for retards.) says:

    The US should be like the Foremans – name all children George.

  11. JimD says:

    Her “opinion” is CLEARLY AND ESTABLISHMENT” and ought to be THROWN OUT !!!

  12. pedro says:

    Wanna see some nutjobs? Get a load of the NAACP wanting to sue a rodeo for the audacity of a clown wearing a Messiah’s mask.

  13. Bob Johnson says:

    Judge graduated from Liberty University, maybe?
    Bob Roberts U. ?
    Probably one of ‘em.