Jackass Judge Rules That Baby Can't Be Named 'Messiah'

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In yet another case of religion meets stupidity meets power, Tennessee Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew changed a 7-month-old boy's name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ."


Even though Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, this judge took it upon herself to tell the parents — who were in court to determine what last name Messiah should have — that there first name choice was unfit. Cue the peanut gallery asking where this judge was when Apple and North were chosen.

Messiah's mom is appealing the judge's decision, and it'll go before the Cocke County Chancellor on Sept. 17.



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Violet Baudelaire

The most upsetting thing? The case in question had nothing to do with the baby's first name - the parents were arguing about what the baby's legal last name should be. The judge just happened to notice the baby's first name, and decide to rule on something that wasn't even up for discussion.