In August, Tennessee family court judge Lu Ann Ballew changed a child’s name from “Messiah” to “Martin” over the objection of both parents. Her reasoning?
“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Judge Ballew said….According to Judge Ballew, it is the first time she has ordered a first name change. She said the decision is best for the child, especially while growing up in a county with a large Christian population.“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.” Judge Ballew said.
The judge is now facing disciplinary procedures from the Tennessee Board of Judicial Procedures. The Board argues that these actions undermined confidence in the judiciary, manifested prejudice and partiality, and constituted impermissible commentary on a pending case.