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US judge changes baby’s name from Messiah

August 15, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A U.S. association of atheists and agnostics says it has filed a complaint against a magistrate for changing a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter Wednesday accusing Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew of violating Tennessee’s code of judicial conduct.

At a paternity hearing last week, Ballew ordered a child’s name changed from Messiah DeShawn Martin to Martin DeShawn McCullough.

Ballew explained the change by saying that ”‘Messiah’ is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ.”

Ballew did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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