At Least One Person Preferred Martin to Messiah
|25 September 2013|
Remember the Tennessee baby named Messiah who was renamed Martin by a judge last month? He was re-renamed Messiah a week ago by a second judge who said the first judge’s ruling violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Clearly it was wrong of the first judge to rename the boy on religious grounds. But Holly Baxter, writing for The Guardian, admitted that she liked the change, regardless of the reasoning. She called it a “fortunate escape.”
I may not agree with Judge Ballew’s assertion that a baby called Messiah would insult Jesus Christ, but I do know one thing: even if the baby grows up to be an atheist in the school of Richard Dawkins, he’ll be thanking his lucky stars that an offended Christian renamed him Martin.
She also offered an interesting suggestion:
While legislation will do little to stem the tide of Messiahs – who’s to stop the family in question from officially registering Martin and then referring to him as Messiah for the rest of his life, after all? – a serious discussion about what’s in a name during antenatal classes could make childhood easier for everyone.
Do you think a “serious discussion” about baby names in prenatal classes would be a good idea? Why or why not?