In a case that will no doubt start a firestorm of debate, a Tennessee judge has decided that the name given to a baby by its parents will be stricken down in favor of the more palatable Martin. The reason behind it is also the reason for controversy.
The story starts out simple enough. The parents wanted to name their child “Messiah.” Well, that name certainly has some connotations, doesn’t it? In any case, the parents picked the name and were happy with that. It was the last name that caused the whole issue to end up in a courtroom. The parents could not agree on the child’s last name (it is not clear whether the parents were happily married, but we’re guessing probably not so much), so the local Child Support Magistrate (because every child has one of those) ordered a judge to figure out the mess. Well, that’s a fairly routine procedure for a judge. However, the judge didn’t just mediate the last name dispute; he jumped on in and decided that the first name needed some tinkering as well. He changed the first name to Martin and as his reason… he said:
“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.”
Early reports indicate that 20,000 atheists heads exploded at the very moment the ruling was issued. Well, not really, we made up that part, but we suspect it’s at least figuratively true.
So, we don’t have to paint you a picture to see why this is sure to cause some uproar from multiple parties.
It brings a whole new meaning to the old phrase “he thinks he’s God’s gift to the world,” doesn’t it?