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Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm

We asked, and you commented. Last week, the Bowling Green Times asked its Facebook followers what they think about a judge ruling to change a child’s name on a religious basis. Here are some of your answers…



“Last week, A judge in Tennessee ordered the change of a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, stating the name was “earned” by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.” The case was in courts because the child’s mother and father could not agree on what his last name should be. The judge ruled to include both (Martin – the mother’s last name, followed by McCullough – the father’s last name).

So what do you think, Bowling Green? Should the magistrate have ordered the change? Should “religious” names be outlawed? Is the whole thing ridiculous?”


Your Answers:

“Okay so according to this judge women named Mary should change their name? Men of Spanish descent named Jesus should change theirs? David, Samuel, Paul? When a parent names their child a religious name it’s a reflexion of their religious views not because they want to be disrespectful. In short, this while thing is totally ridiculous.” – Ashley Nicole Harris-Nabors

“talk about setting expectations for your kid!” – FrBill Peckman

“Judge is totally out of line…” – Lisa Kueck

“I don’t think it was a good choice, but I also don’t think a judge has the right to tell someone what they can name their child.” – Marilyn Wilson

“Think the entire story is ridiculous” – Lyndse Rutter Green

“Ridiculous!” – Kathy Gress


We asked, you told. Keep an eye on the Bowling Green Times Facebook page for our “The Bowling Green Times wants to know…” questions. Your answers may be featured in the Your Scope column.