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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) "In this case, the judge is creating a culture where she is imposing her religious beliefs on others," said Hedy Weinberg of the Tennessee ACLU. "And that is unacceptable."


  1. The name rank shows that “Messiah” is not an unusual name now. Messiah is already a more common baby name than “normal” and common names like Dale, Ken, Clarence, Kent, Rudy, etc, and now is about as common as Franklin, Walter, Frederick, Scott, etc.

    So, yep, maybe soon we’ll see “Barbie and Messiah”…….. ; )

    A fun and easy reference for this is:

  2. Perhaps the court should take similar action on the pope and his prelates for taking the names of Reverend and Holy Father which only belongs to God. (Psalm 111:9) (Matthew 23:9)

  1. […] (TN) ACLU says magistrate can’t order ‘Messiah’ name change (Religion News Daily) A Tennessee judge should not have barred a couple from naming their child “Messiah,” said the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. On Thursday (Aug. 8), the parents of the child appeared in Cocke County Chancery Court in Tennessee because they could not agree on a last name […]