via USA Today:

NEWPORT, Tenn. — A Tennessee mother is appealing a court’s decision after a judge ordered her son’s name be changed from “Messiah.”

Jaleesa Martin and the father of Messiah could not agree on a last name, which is how they ended up at a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday.

That is when the first name came into question.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew serves the 4th Judicial District of Tenn. including the following counties: Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier.

The name change was part of Judge Ballew’s case; however, the parents did not think the first name would be changed.

Judge Ballew ordered the 7-month-old’s name be “Martin DeShawn McCullough.” It includes both parent’s last names but leaves out Messiah.

“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 said.

I usually loathe the practice of giving weird and unusual names to children, I cringe whenever I hear what the latest ridiculous celebrity baby name is. Now because this is a free country, or so they keep telling us that it is, I have a right to think that a certain name for a baby is ridiculous. As a matter of fact, I think Messiah is a ridiculous name for a child, and one that will not give the child the best possible path to walk on in life.

However having the right to think that somebody is giving their kid a stupid name is one thing, what nobody has – most certainly not the government — is the right to forcefully deny someone the right to give their kid a stupid name.

I’m not a big fan of the ACLU, in they way they pick & choose what to & what not to defend, but if there ever was a case for the ACLU to step in this is it.

This so-call judge way over-stepped her bounds and should be removed from her position.