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Judge Fired For Ordering Black Family To Change Baby’s “Messiah” Name [PHOTOS]


A Tennessee judge who was religiously opposed to a Black baby’s name being Messiah and ordered the parents to change it to Martin, has been fired.

Lu Ann Ballew, the Child Support Magistrate of eastern Tennessee’s Cocke County was relieved off her position by Judge Duane Slone after she had been accused of violating Tennessee’s Code of Judicial Conduct during a hearing this past August.

Ironically the ordeal occured when parents Jaleesa Martin and Jawaan McCullough went to court in a dispute on what their baby’s last name would be. In attempt to appease both parties and herself, as she felt the name Messiah should only be reserved for Jesus Christ, she ordered the parents to change their then-7-month-year-old’s name to Martin DeShawn McCullough.

Naturally they refused, appealing the decision and here we stand today.

Reports CBS:

Ballew, an attorney, still faces a March 3 hearing on accusations that her order to change Messiah’s name violated Tennessee’s Code of Judicial Conduct. Among other things, the code requires judges to perform all duties without bias or prejudice based on religion.

In a response to the Board of Judicial Conduct, Ballew has denied that her ruling was a violation.

Ballew surprised both parents by ordering that the baby’s name change to Martin McCullough, saying that the name Messiah was not in the baby’s best interest. Her written order stated that “Labeling this child ‘Messiah’ places an undue burden on him that as a human being, he cannot fulfill.”

Ballew’s decision was overturned in chancery court a month later, and both parents agreed to name the baby Messiah McCullough.

Check the gallery for pics of Mr. Messiah McCullough. That’s the name his momma named him and that’s what he shall be called.


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  • APimp Named Slickback

    if u were married maybe this wouldn’t be a problem……cute baby

    • LivingLike its eighteenHundred

      only in the usa people will look down on you when u got a kid and u are not married smh no wonder the woman slaves back in the day got kids with force from the white man are looked down on by the white woman that where married to them. and now the some blacks have taken over that traid and still are beind mad when whites are calling them names thats about the colour of the skin hmm i quess they where right no wonder white people are being seen as superior.

      • APimp Named Slickback

        I dont look down on it, I’m just stating a facts. people have been marrying then having babies for thousands of years from egypt to roman to china………

      • The Randomone

        Only in America? I doubt that. Only in America is having a random baby celebrated. #confusedgeneration

  • tarrilove

    Crazy, who the hell she think she is? She’s the one with god complex. Its a free country. I swear, if whites could have their way. We would be back in shackles.

    • ucantbme

      Yelp, n b called gal n boy.. lets not forget about Kunta Kinta or Alfalfa…

    • Lonnie Alexander

      The judge has a problem, she’s stupid.where do they get these judges from maybe they should look into their background something not right

  • Le Roy Waring

    The sign on the door say’s “GTFOH”…see ya.

  • Billy Official

    #justice! I remember this story and it infuriated me. Im so happy that judge got fired!

  • secularscholar

    The point here isn’t about the name of the baby or the race of its parents….its about the danger inherent in allowing religious belief to permeate governance! #separationofchurch&state_lookitup