Monday, August 12, 2013

Judge Not

When I first saw this story I thought it was an article from The Onion, but upon second glance I realized it wasn't. Tennessee Judge Lu Ann Ballew has ordered the parents of Messiah DeShawn McCullough to change his first name to "Martin" because:
"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."
A religious judge in a religious area of the country decides to trample on the rights of parents to name their child as they see fit, and she's so comfortable in her decision that she goes on public record with foolish rhetoric that is undeniably religious.  How absurd are the religious extremists willing to be when, "Messiah" evokes this kind of response?  Moreover, how comfortable can she really be in her faith if the name, "Messiah" sends her into such a tantrum that she simply abandons her impartiality?

I've even seen some people try to justify her actions by asserting that Judge Ballew was just thinking of the child.  In fact, Judge Ballew even suggested that herself:
"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."
How so, exactly?  Please explain how that name would put this child at odds with a lot of people?  According to a link from the BBC, there were more than 700 babies named "Messiah" in the United States last year.  So who is going to be offended by that name other than you and the overly sensitive Christians trying to come to your rescue?

If you don't find this whole thing distressing enough, read some of the comments on WBIR.com, the website of a Tennessee news station.  Luckily, most of them want the judge removed.  Other comments, however, show you just how low religious extremism has gone.

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