Ballew claimed that the move was in the best interest of the child living in a heavily Christian county: “It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is.” Asked about her thoughts about the many children named “Jesus,” Ballew responded, “I thought about that, and that’s not relevant to this case.”
Jaleesa Martin, Messiah’s mother, is appealing the ruling. “I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God,” she told the TV station, “and I didn’t think a judge could make me change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs.”
via Judge Declares Babys Name Unchristian; Orders Parents To Change It | ThinkProgress.
It’s simply unfair that Christian judges don’t get to decide what other children’s names should be if she finds their legal names offensive. So much oppression for Christians, not being able to do everything they want, all the time.