A Tennessee judge that ordered a boy’s name be changed from Messiah to Martin, despite the wishes of the child’s parents, has been removed from the bench.
Judge Lu Ann Ballew has been terminated as Child Support Magistrate for Cocke County, according to a report issued Feb. 3 by ABC.
Apparently allowing her Christian faith to distort and pervert her judicial judgement, Judge Ballew changed the 7-month-old boy’s name from Messiah to Martin against the wishes of the boy’s parents last August, claiming the name “Messiah” was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”
When the boy’s parents ended up at a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court last August because they could not agree on a last name for young Messiah, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew took it upon herself to change the child’s first name.
Despite the strenuous objections of Messiah’s parents, Ballew ordered that “Messiah DeShawn Martin” be renamed “Martin DeShawn McCullough.”