Mom will be able to name her child Messiah.

Last month an Alabama judge ruled that a mother couldn’t name her child Messiah because “Messiah” is a title reserved for Jesus Christ.  Naturally the mom appealed and, thankfully, the ruling was overturned.

Chancellor Telford Fogerty ruled Wednesday that the name change violated the constitutional separation of church and state, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

“I’m just glad it’s over,” Martin told WBIR.

“I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn’t think a judge could make me change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs.”

Wait, saying a mother can’t name her child Messiah because it runs afoul of the judge’s personal religious convictions is a violation of the separation of church and state?

That’s incredible!  To say that titles relevant to your personal faith must be sacred to everybody…a judge found that such a ruling was a church/state violation?

Seriously though, this conclusion was obvious.  That it somehow slipped past even a local judge speaks volumes about judge Lu Anne Ballew’s lack of ability to handle the responsibilities of her position.  Fire and disbar her today.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.