Freedom From Religion Foundation weighs in on Messiah case

8:24 PM, Aug 14, 2013   |    comments
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A national organization that supports the separation of church and state is weighing in on a dispute over a Cocke County baby named Messiah.

The case has gained national attention since 10News broke the story on Saturday.

Judge Lu Ann Ballew ruled the parents must change the name of their 7-month old baby. The judge said Messiah is a title, not a name, and that naming the young boy would put an undue burden on him that he could not live up to.

Ballew ordered the parents to change Messiah's name to Martin McCullough.

Now the Freedom from Religion Foundation is stepping in to support the parents.

The organization is asking for an investigation into Ballew and discipline against the judge who they say showed religious favoritism.

The foundation has made previous headlines in East Tennessee. It has asked several local government boards including the Knoxville City Council to stop prayer before meetings.


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