What's in a name? Well some names, it seems, are a little more loaded than others.
A Tennessee mother learned in court this week that naming her 7-month-old 'Messiah' was not only ill-advised, but illegal. The case was originally brought to court after the unmarried father and mother of the child could not agree on a name for him. Judge Lu Ann Ballew ruled with the father under the opinion that "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." She suggested the mothers' last name 'Martin' as a less provocative alternative. (We're surprised this judge didn't go all Solomon and cut the baby in half.)
"I was shocked," Martin said. "I didn't think a judge could make me change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs." She plans to appeal the decision in September. Because really, how is this legal?
According to Freakonomics authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, a name can be a game changer. They write about a girl named Temptress who had a problem with promiscuity. In that case, would living up to the Messiah's legacy really be such a bad thing?