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Baby Names Illegal?

barprephero

Baby Names Illegal?
« on: October 18, 2014, 09:51:46 AM »
This article is a bit old, and I know it comes up every now and then, but I just thought about it again today.
How do you feel about courts saying to some people "you can't name your kid messiah" while others name their kid Jesus, Mohammad, etc? Plus the ones naming kids stuff like apple, or just painful things like antween or whatever.

Seems like a 1st amendment issue on top of a few other things. Any thoughts either for or against?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/messiah-baby-name_n_3741893.html

Re: Baby Names Illegal?
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2014, 12:04:02 PM »
It's a bit of an overreach by the court, IMO. [And wasn't that Messiah decision overturned on appeal?] But I can see an argument against giving parents unbridled freedom to stigmatize their children with some patently offensive imprimatur or something that would clearly subject the kid to endless ridicule - for the purpose of subjecting the kid to ridicule. Like if some jokester named his kid Turd just because he thought it would be funny.  "Oh no no no! His name is Turducken. Turd is just his nickname." Probably happen.