Keyboarding about governmental interference in family matters, howze about that TeennySee judge who ruled that the name "Messiah" was reserved for JC and required a family to change their choice of names Messiah to Martin!
Social Security records indicate that in 2012, the name Messiah was the 4th fastest-rising choice for male babies in the United States. Wonder if fundamentalist judges throughout the country are going to negate legitimate family naming rights by vetoing Messiah as an appropriate given name for baby boys.
In the interests of religious purity, no Messiahs in America? Has this now become an important issue as our once-great nation fades away. Perhaps. All IMHO.
I concur with the judge's decision, she had the child's best interests in mind. What child can withstand all the ridicule from classmates in school because of he is named "Messiah"? He will be beat-up and attacked daily just because of his name, both mentally and physically. No way a child can survive such pain and suffering. What was mother thinking in selecting the name?
Did some research on the issue as a legal, constitutional issue. NO important Supreme Court decision with clarity found.
Scholarly articles seem to point out:
1. Child-naming is the legitimate business of the parents and is protected by both the First and Fourteenth Amendments and interpretations of similar social issues as found in American constitutional law.
2. The legal system may be employed by state authorities to change names of children whose names may be detrimental to their development, especially if the appropriate authorities can discover and provide evidence that the parents are abusive, neglectful, or otherwise unfit. The lawbooks are depositories of cases actually brought and won against parents who chose names like "Toilet Queen" for their newborn daughters.
My reading of this TeenyC case is that the judge in the case has imposed her religious beliefs or tenets or ideology in denying "Messiah" as an appropriate boy's name. This cause is NOT over. All IMHO.
While I agree with you on the name causing ridicule...
The gvt over stepped their bounds. Every time the kid is sick the mother ought to bring the kid to court and leave him with the judge, you take care of him, he can't bear the name I wanted to give him, you take on the responsibility now.
These !@#$% lawyers/judges.... use religion but will be the 1st to chant separation of church & state.
The mother said she was thinking she liked the name; that it went well with her two (2) other sons whose names started with the letter "M."
Shouldn't that choice be up to the family, not to a state judicial official? Methinks our fundamentalists are hypocrites; they won't stay out of the bedroom, they disapprove of a woman's choice, and now they want to choose names for boy babies. All IMHO.