A judge in Tennessee has ordered a seven-month-old's first name changed. The parents were in court because they couldn't agree on a last name, but the judge decided they couldn't keep the first name "Messiah," either. She felt the name could "put him at odds with a lot of people" in the mostly Christian county and said,"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." The mother says she will appeal, because as she said, "Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else."
The article mentions in passing that "Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names." I guess more judges better get busy and change the names of all those other Messiahs, too. We wouldn't want parents to have the right to choose names for their children, after all. Next thing you know people will start getting the crazy idea that this is a free country. Can't have that!