19% of Americans Say It’s OK for Judges to Re-Name Children on Religious Grounds
|8 January 2014|
Speaking of Tennessee…a few weeks after Tennessee judge Lu Ann Ballew attempted to change a 7‑month‑old’s first name from Messiah to Martin, Nashville-based Christian organization LifeWay Research asked 1,001 Americans a couple of questions about religious baby names.
Here are the two statements LifeWay asked respondents to either agree or disagree with, plus the survey results.
Q: “Judges should be allowed to change the name parents give their children if there are religious implications to those names that some people might find offensive.”
- 08% strongly agree
- 11% somewhat agree
- 15% somewhat disagree
- 61% strongly disagree
- 06% don’t know/not sure
Q: “Parents should be allowed to select names for their children such as Messiah or Christ, even if those names have religious meaning to some people.”
- 53% strongly agree
- 21% somewhat agree
- 11% somewhat disagree
- 10% strongly disagree
- 05% don’t know/not sure
So, 19% of respondents think government-appointed judges should have the right to change children’s names on religious grounds, and 21% think parents should not be allowed to choose certain religious names for their children. I find these numbers slightly disturbing, but they’re not as high as I would have guessed, given the religiosity of many Americans (e.g., 46% of Americans are creationists).
What do you think?