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Tenn. Judge: Baby Can't Be Named 'Messiah'

Tenn. Judge: Baby Can't Be Named 'Messiah'
Posted Monday, August 12th 2013 @ 8am  by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– According to one Tennessee judge, only one person in history deserves the name "Messiah"—so on Thursday she changed a 7-month-old's name to Martin instead. "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 Lu Ann Ballew said in her ruling. She added that the decision is for little Messiah's own good, as his name "could put him at odds with a lot of people," particularly in the heavily Christian county where he lives. Mom Jaleesa Martin is appealing the decision, WBIR reports.

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