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  •  Damned activist judges! (4+ / 0-)
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    WearyIdealist, devis1, MrJersey, Smoh

    Obviously the issue here is the judge's overreach in deciding an issue not even brought before the court (where HAVE I heard that one before...cough Citizens United cough).
    And the fact that it was decided based on the judge's own personal religious beliefs.
    And the fact that a certain percentage of the population will always be okay with that as long as the religious belief being imposed and established matches their own.
    Still found the discussion around what happens if someone tries to name their child after Hitler or Stalin etc an interesting exercise.
    Does society (through a judge) ever have the right to step in to 'save the child' from its parents when what we're talking about is a name and not physical injury or harm?
    Is there a line parents can cross and if so who gets to make that determination? Where is that line?
    In this specific "Messiah" case obviously the judge is way out of line and needs to be overturned and her fitness to be a judge reviewed.
    But the larger issue raised in the Comments section is to say the least interesting. Not sure what side I would come down on.
    If one of my sons suffers a traumatic brain injury and goes skinhead on me and has a child and tries to name him Adolf Hitler Edwards do I as a grandparent have any standing to take them to court and get the name legally changed?
    Is there any case law or precedent around this?
    Not that I'm worried about it, just found the discussion interesting from an intellectual standpoint.

    Blue is blue and must be that. But yellow is none the worse for it - Edith Sidebottom

    by kenwards on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 09:14:43 AM PDT

    •  It really is an interesting question, which can (1+ / 0-)
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      (yet again) be focused back on the Bible in a way our wise Tennessee judge might not like.

      The 8th-century Jewish prophet Hosea gave some of his kids names that we might be inclined to regard as child abuse.  (He, of course, was making a larger socio-religious statement, but still...)  

      He named his daughter Lo-Ruhamah (which suggests something like "I feel no pity/mercy for her") and one of his sons Lo-Ammi (which suggests "not my people / not my kid."

      I actually like Hosea a lot and sympathize with his perverse naming of his children, but I suspect our judge would have ordered him to name them something properly Krischun--like Kevin or Matilda.

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