US judge orders name change for baby called Messiah
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A judge in the southern US state of Tennessee has ordered parents who named their son Messiah to change it.
"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 Lu Ann Ballew said in the ruling last week, according to the newspaper The Tennessean.
The parents of the seven month old boy had gone to court because they could not decide what the child's last name would be - the father's or the mother's.
The judge ordered that the child go by the last names of both, and along the way surprised everyone by ordering the first name be changed as well - to Martin.