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Today in judicial activism: Tennessee edition

You really can't make this stuff up: a judge is so aggrieved that a blah baby has been named "Messiah" she has declared it an affront to all that is good and holy (ie. Jesus) and ruled that the baby's name should be changed to...Martin. No, really.

What started as a parent's request to establish paternity and change the little boy's last name turned into something entirely different after Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the baby's first name to be changed as well, Knoxville station WBIR-TV reported.

Ballew, who serves the 4th Judicial District of Tennessee, including Cocke [hehe], Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties, ordered the boy's name to be changed from Messiah DeShawn Martin to Martin DeShawn McCullough.

"It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is," Ballew told WBIR-TV about her decision last week to replace Messiah with his mother's surname.

"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," she said.


Pretty outstanding stuff from Baloo. Hopefully they don't get too many cases involving Hispanic children.

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