August 21st, 2013
02:06 PM ET

Dean vs. The Street: Judge rules parents can't name baby Messiah

A Tennessee judge tells the parents of a 7-month-old boy they cannot name their son Messiah.

Judge Lu Ann Ballew  ordered the parents to change the child's first name to Martin.

"The word Messiah is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ," Ballew said.

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The judge went on to say her decision is best for the child.

But does her argument add up?

Comedian Dean Obeidallah agrees with the judge, saying she was only looking out for the child. What do you think? Obeidallah took his opinion to the street in our new segment - Dean vs. The Street.

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  1. Dean Hamden

    I still think Dean is right, imagine a9 year old in 3 rd grae with other kids making fun of their name. We considered naming our daughter April, But Considered other kids would call out "Hey Ape"

    August 24, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
  2. Todd Sherer

    Great segment. I really like Dean-I hope we see more of him on CNN-

    August 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Reply

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