You’ve probably heard by now about the judge who changed a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin in resolution of a naming dispute between estranged parents, but the brouhaha isn’t complete until I’ve bitched about it.
“The word messiah is a title, and it’s a title has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ,” [the judge] told WBIR-TV in an interview from her office, which had a ceramic figurine of Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus on her desk. A copy of the Ten Commandments hung on the wall.
The arrogant idiocy of this judge deserves all the sharp rebuke it’s received times ten.
First, in America we do not have approved baby names lists.
Second, the kind of overbearing government that tells you what you can and can’t name your baby is exactly not the small government that conservatives like.
Third, what’s the basis for saying a title can’t be a names? Apparently this judge is unfamiliar with Major Major. Ok, that’s just from literature, so of course she’s unfamiliar with it. But it’s not exactly a new concept.
Fourth, in what world does she live that she thinks she has authority under the Constitution to make religious decrees from the bench? Would anyone like to start a pool on how long it takes before this ruling is overturned?
I’m reaching the end of my rope on this kind of nonsense. I don’t care one way or the other about anyone’s religious beliefs, and I don’t want to shut them up about their beliefs or bar them from offce. But I do want this type of Christian to come to grips with the reality that the U.S. isn’t a Christian theocracy, and to stop trying in all these myriad ways to enforce their religion on everyone.