Wow This is really an ignorant overreach by this judge.Is he aware
that Jesus is a common name in Spanish speaking countries?Is he also aware
that in Judaism, Christ is not the Messiah?This won't stand.
'Child Support Magistrate' says it all. Unlike other judges, they
make religious rulings all the time. It can't be avoided in child custody
cases. How would you separate it? I do think the judge went a little far in
this case and it most likely will be overturned, not necessarily on religious
separation grounds, but because both parents had agreed on the first name. If
you think this is because Tennessee is a backwards state, not so. I dealt with a
judge in the Los Angeles courts that asked me what I prayed for, the night
before, as I sat on the witness stand.
Don Bugg wrote:"'A Scientist' seems to be claiming
that 'believers' are not participating in an outcry about this
ruling."I am sorry you could not follow my comment. Read my
comment again. That is not what I claimed. I pointed out that this Judge's
ruling is "what in the public square looks like". This Judge is relying
on individual religious beliefs to make this judgement. That is what I have been
told believers want: the right to bring their personal religious faith into
"the public square" and have it influence their jobs, voting, education,
etc.Good for you for condemning what this Judge has done. But that
means you are condemning this Judge's "religious freedom" - the
right to mingle religion with public office; the right to bring the Judge's
personal religious beliefs into the public square and the workplace.
People in other countries name their kid stuff like that all the time.In a red state they change your kid's name because they don't like
it on religious grounds. Wow. I doubt they would have cared if it were
"Buddha". I'll stay far away from Tennessee.
"A Scientist" seems to be claiming that "believers" are not
participating in an outcry about this ruling. But that doesn't seem to
square with the unanimous scorn shown in the comments above; surely some of
these folks are "believers," and they obviously have great disdain for
what the judge has done.I'm a "believer"--a Christian
and a Latter-day Saint. I think the judge's ruling is absolutely
appalling. I believe and hope it won't stand.
The interference by any governmentofficer, including a judge, in the selection
of a personal name for one's child is a right exercised by parents since
time immemorial. The judge's rationale, that the name "Messiah"
must be reserved for the one true Messiah, demonstrates prejudice against Jews,
who believe the Messiah has still not arrived. The word means
"Anointed" as in "Anointed Priest or King", and in Greek is
Christos, so every person in the world named "Chris" or "Kris"
or "Christian" is also bearing a name with a similar meaning. Whatever
appellate court has jurisdiction is going to reverse the ruling, and whatever
method they have in Tennessee to get rid of idiot judges who abuse their power
needs to be employed to get rid of this judge.
@ A ScientistConsider this outcry from a believer. Bad decision on
any number of levels.
Seriously, this is what religion in the public square looks like. This is a
Judge excercising "freedom of religion" in the very way believers say he
should be able to do.Where is the outcry against those like this
mother who are infringing on the "religious freedom" of this Judge by
insisting that the Judge keep religion out of the job?The hypocrisy
of believers is astounding.
Will opposition to this judge's ruling be decried as yet another assault on
"religious freedom?"Where are you, defenders of the faith?
This is why Church and State should be separate. A judge's religious
beliefs should not be telling parents what they can name children.
What an idiotic ruling. This judge clearly doesn't understand that she has
no business forcing her own religous views onto the people who come before her.
Today's names are often bizarre (to many of us) and unusual; why not be
able to use a title for a name, some people are using the names of fruits. The
article stated that Messiah is #4 these days as a child's name.
Yes, folks, this is the Great State of Tennessee. ;-DThere are
millions of people in the world named "Jesus". And millions more named
"Mohammed". IMHO "Messiah" is a pretty stupid name
-- but if she wants to hang that on her son, she has the right to do so.The ACLU is already on the case. This name change won't last long.
How is it legal for a judge to impose his religious beliefs onto a person? This
is nuts. I personally hate that name, but if somebody wants to use it, let them.
I can name my kid buddah, ala, or whatever else I want. There are hispanics with
the name Jesus... This is rediculous.
@ ute alumni? Really? You think the child should be removed from the parents
because of his name? So much for small government.This Judge is
imposing her religious beliefs on this family and she has no right to do that.
With "parents" like this, you can see why adoption is still needed. Give
the kid a chance and give him to parents that can actually raise him.