|Old-time Gavel (Photo by Jonathunder)|
When a judge begins ruling on what parents should name their children, freedom's light seems to grow a little bit dimmer.
When a judge further rules that 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," theocracy's darkness seems to grow a little bit thicker.
This type of a "double whammy" recently occurred in eastern Tennessee when Child Support Magistrate Lu (short for "Louise" – German meaning: "famous warrior") Ann (Hebrew meaning: "God has favored
me") Ballew (French meaning: "Clear water") ruled
that a 7-month-old boy's first name "Messiah" must now be legally changed to "Martin."
It seems that Ms. Ballew is muddying the clear waters that her own name refers to. Perhaps those muddied
waters are also in danger of eroding the wall of separation between church and state.
The boy's mother intends to appeal this ruling. She not only favors the name Messiah because of its uniqueness, but also views it as compatible with the names of her other two sons (Micah and Mason). According to the Associated Press, she also stated: Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him…
"Everybody believes what they want…" is a right that must be protected. Judicial rulings that work against this are more of a threat than any one name could ever be.
Copyright August 15, 2013 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved