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    Re: Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    All names were made up at some point in time. Thats an absurd requirement. That it has to exsist already?? What if my dad was a carpenter and my mom was a whore? If I want to change my last name to Carpenslut then what business is it of yours?
    personally...I'd go with "Trampenter"
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    Re: Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Actually, that case could very well go up to the SCOTUS.

    And yes, they should be able to limit (in very specific cases) what a person can change their name to or put on a birth certificate (although that would likely be something that would simply be denied by the county clerk first and then go to a judge).

    You consistently have avoided answering most of what I have asked though. What is reasonable to limit? Why should they not be allowed to limit name changes when those names could greatly offend someone else to say, from a reasonable person standpoint? The SCOTUS has even said that limits of a very specific kind on name changes do not violate freedom of speech since those people are still allowed to legally tell others that they want to be called that specific name even if it is not official. Now, it doesn't mean others have to call them that.

    But they made some good points. Having a name like "ChristIsKing" could cause major issues for companies that were frequented by a person with that last name, especially given the first names. It can cause political and social problems for someone else because you have that name. As the article pointed out, what if someone had to request over an intercom "Rejoice ChristIsKing" or "JesusIsLord ChristIsKing"? That could most definitely be taken as an employee stating their religious beliefs to an entire restaurant or airport or even public office. The people in there wouldn't think that this was a name being requested. They would think it was a statement of belief, and some could be offended enough by this to in fact cause the business harm because of the name used. The same would be true for a name such as "PissOff" or "ChinksMakeGoodSlaves". They would still be freedom of speech names right? Then why can't a person use those names officially?
    I dnt know where you asked me a question but Ill answer that...no problem. The courts SHOULD NOT limit what a parent names their kid. period. You dont have a right to not be offended. Period. I also have long held that a child should be able to change hi or her name at 18 without charge if they choose to because parents often do some stupid ****. Beyond that...its not your business, nor is it the courts. What happens when a judge decides he or she doesnt like Jesus, Muhammed, Christian, Islam, or any of the cast of Biblical names. No more Sarahs, Davids, Peters (ok...we could do away with Peter)...

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    Re: Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    I dnt know where you asked me a question but Ill answer that...no problem. The courts SHOULD NOT limit what a parent names their kid. period. You dont have a right to not be offended. Period. I also have long held that a child should be able to change hi or her name at 18 without charge if they choose to because parents often do some stupid ****. Beyond that...its not your business, nor is it the courts. What happens when a judge decides he or she doesnt like Jesus, Muhammed, Christian, Islam, or any of the cast of Biblical names. No more Sarahs, Davids, Peters (ok...we could do away with Peter)...
    I think a kid should be able to change his name whenever he is old enough to talk just in case. If the kid has enough willpower then let him change his name to Heman if he freaking wishes. :p Too libertarian of me? Then maybe after 18 its set in stone and he has to pay for it. Limit it to 1 free name change a year because kids are fickle. :p Streamline it with some online process to give kids easier access to the social mechanism.
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    Re: Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    Then they can announce "The person with the name ChristIsKing" to prevent confusion or not employ that person. Who cares if people get mad? Thats their problem and they can sort it out later only to find out it was someones name even if confusion does occur. I guess people shouldnt be named Shirley either. Shirley, you cant be serious!

    What about Kreye-staz-keeng? Is that illegal in your books? Once you take a bit away of free speech then it is no longer free speech. It is limited speech.
    There is a difference. There are some names that are legitimately just bad choices but not trying to make any sort of statement, political or religious. The intent is important as well as the potential impact.

    And no, it would not be just the people who find it offensive impacted. The person could just be doing something innocent and end up causing a huge uproar over it because of this.

    As I said before, they are completely free to call themselves that name if they wish, just not officially right now. I don't honestly care if they are able to change their name, only that I see the very valid reason for refusing such a name change. It is nothing like the initial story.
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    Re: Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    I dnt know where you asked me a question but Ill answer that...no problem. The courts SHOULD NOT limit what a parent names their kid. period. You dont have a right to not be offended. Period. I also have long held that a child should be able to change hi or her name at 18 without charge if they choose to because parents often do some stupid ****. Beyond that...its not your business, nor is it the courts. What happens when a judge decides he or she doesnt like Jesus, Muhammed, Christian, Islam, or any of the cast of Biblical names. No more Sarahs, Davids, Peters (ok...we could do away with Peter)...
    I asked whether a person should be allowed to be named "WhitesAreSuperior" or "BlacksKillAllWhites" or "PissOff" or "AsiansMakeGoodSlaves" or names to these effects. What about Bitch****er or Horse****? That is the point. There are names that are purposely given to make people offended by them. Messiah and those others you mentioned aren't such names. It has already been ruled on that names that can be deemed to be offensive by a reasonable person are not allowed for people to change to (which is what the family is requesting). And this is a different case than what the original judge did in changing the child's name from what had already gotten through the birth certificate forms, which would be the first place it could be denied if there was a problem.
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    Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I asked whether a person should be allowed to be named "WhitesAreSuperior" or "BlacksKillAllWhites" or "PissOff" or "AsiansMakeGoodSlaves" or names to these effects. What about Bitch****er or Horse****? That is the point. There are names that are purposely given to make people offended by them. Messiah and those others you mentioned aren't such names. It has already been ruled on that names that can be deemed to be offensive by a reasonable person are not allowed for people to change to (which is what the family is requesting). And this is a different case than what the original judge did in changing the child's name from what had already gotten through the birth certificate forms, which would be the first place it could be denied if there was a problem.
    And I already answered...yes. That makes the parents dumb as hell but yes...they should be able to name their children whatever they want. People like that...you would be worried about a 'name'?

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    Re: Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    And I already answered...yes. That makes the parents dumb as hell but yes...they should be able to name their children whatever they want. People like that...you would be worried about a 'name'?
    This is about changing a name legally, not really naming a child. Those names would be refused in most states from being legally allowed. They would be forced to change it almost definitely. The birth certificate application form would likely be rejected by the county registrar's office and possibly a hearing set up for them to decide a more appropriate name. But the SCOTUS has already ruled that names that meet specific criteria can be denied as official names, particularly when a person requests an official name change. And their reasoning is sound. The people are still free to personally call themselves or even their children whatever they want. If it is verbally abusive, it is likely that the state will step in and stop it as they should. But their freedom of speech does not trump other people's rights to freedom of speech either. In this case, it has been determined that other people use your name more than you do, speak your name more than you do. So they have at least a limited (very limited) right to not have to say a name that could be considered offensive to a significant amount of the population. And this is the SCOTUS ruling on this.
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    Re: Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    This is about changing a name legally, not really naming a child. Those names would be refused in most states from being legally allowed. They would be forced to change it almost definitely. The birth certificate application form would likely be rejected by the county registrar's office and possibly a hearing set up for them to decide a more appropriate name. But the SCOTUS has already ruled that names that meet specific criteria can be denied as official names, particularly when a person requests an official name change. And their reasoning is sound. The people are still free to personally call themselves or even their children whatever they want. If it is verbally abusive, it is likely that the state will step in and stop it as they should. But their freedom of speech does not trump other people's rights to freedom of speech either. In this case, it has been determined that other people use your name more than you do, speak your name more than you do. So they have at least a limited (very limited) right to not have to say a name that could be considered offensive to a significant amount of the population. And this is the SCOTUS ruling on this.
    Thats a dumb arguement. If someoen doesnt like my name they can choose not to say it or call me by some other characteristic. If I want my name to be ****er and someone doesnt like it they can exercise their free speech and call me "Tucker with an F" and then we both get to keep it. Im not forcing anyone to call me by my name. Your logic as to why other people should have more rights to my name then me sounds as asinine to me as my name being ****er does to you. But im not trying to take away your freedom.
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    Re: Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    Thats a dumb arguement. If someoen doesnt like my name they can choose not to say it or call me by some other characteristic. If I want my name to be ****er and someone doesnt like it they can exercise their free speech and call me "Tucker with an F" and then we both get to keep it. Im not forcing anyone to call me by my name. Your logic as to why other people should have more rights to my name then me sounds as asinine to me as my name being ****er does to you. But im not trying to take away your freedom.
    So how exactly is a public employee supposed to page a person whose name is "JesusIsLord ChristIsKing" over the intercom while in a crowded public office when saying those names could be offensive to the person doing the paging, along with many of the other people in that office? Should they shorten it to "Jesus Christ"? That wouldn't be blasphemous would it?

    It is a logical, legal argument that you cannot change your name that you already have been living your life as to something else legally that would cause others possible harm or great offense. You live as a part of society. If you personally want to be known as "Bum****er", so be it, but that doesn't mean the rest of society has to accept that as your legal name.
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    Re: Tenn. judge changes infant's name from 'Messiah'

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    So how exactly is a public employee supposed to page a person whose name is "JesusIsLord ChristIsKing" over the intercom while in a crowded public office when saying those names could be offensive to the person doing the paging, along with many of the other people in that office? Should they shorten it to "Jesus Christ"? That wouldn't be blasphemous would it?

    It is a logical, legal argument that you cannot change your name that you already have been living your life as to something else legally that would cause others possible harm or great offense. You live as a part of society. If you personally want to be known as "Bum****er", so be it, but that doesn't mean the rest of society has to accept that as your legal name.
    I already awnsered that. They can say page saying "The person known as "JesusIsLord ChristIsKing" to prevent confusion or not have the person employed. If there is a law against naming someone something then that isnt freedom of speech. You are free to call me WHATEVER you want. I cannot stop you. But how dare you stop me from legally or otherwise calling myself whatever the hell I choose.
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