Chancellor Reinstates Child’s Name as ‘Messiah’

At a hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court last week, Chancellor Telford E. Forgety overturned child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew’s decision that a woman could not name her son "Messiah" because it was a title reserved for “Jesus Christ.” Forgety said there was no basis in the law for changing a child's first name when both parents are in agreement about what it should be. He also said that Ballew's decision violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Associated Press reports.