What's wrong with naming your son 'Messiah'?

Plenty, according to a Tennessee judge, who changed the boy's name to Martin

Messiah Martin
(Image credit: WBIR-TV)

On Aug. 8, a mother in Newport, Tenn. — about 50 miles east of Knoxville — went before a local judge to settle a dispute over the last name of her son, Messiah DeShawn Martin, as part of a custody support fight with Messiah's father. The father wanted the boy to have his last name, McCullough, while the mother, Jaleesa Martin, didn't.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew sided with the father, but then went a step further: The parents, Ballew ruled, have to legally change the 7-month-old's name to Martin DeShawn McCullough. "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," Judge Ballew told local TV station WBIR.

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