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Religious Right and ACLU Protest Judge’s No Messiah Ruling

Monday, August 19th, 2013

It began when Jaleesa, 22, took the father of her baby, Jawaan P. McCullough, 40, to family court in Tennessee, to establish paternity and to set child support. Oh, and the baby’s name was Messiah, according to the LA Times.

In court it was revealed that the father had wanted to name the baby Jawaan P. McCullough Jr., but he no longer objected to calling the boy Messiah Deshawn. But the judge decided to change the baby’s name anyway.

“It is not in this child’s best interest to keep the first name ‘Messiah,’” Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew wrote in her decision. “‘Messiah’ means Savior, Deliverer, the One who will restore God’s Kingdom. ‘Messiah’ is a title that is held by only Jesus Christ.”

An entire Jewish family of Iraqi extract named Mashiach would argue differently, but you don’t get many Iraqi Jews in Tennessee. But even without that Iraqi-Jewish input, “Messiah” is an increasingly popular American baby name, according to the LA Times, as are the names Lord and King.

The name would impose an “undue burden on him that as a human being he cannot fulfill,” the judge wrote, although she really didn’t know just how spiritually gifted the baby Messiah was.

She also noted that in Cocke County, Tenn., where the new Messia resides, there is a “large Christian population” as evidenced by its “many churches of the Christian faith.”

“Therefore,” the judge concluded, “it is highly likely that he will offend many Cocke County citizens by calling himself ‘Messiah.’”

Maybe, maybe not – there’s a slew of Jesus’s out there and no one seems to mind, and then, come to think of it, using that same logic, the name David should also irk some people. So the ACLU of Tennessee got on the case, and, surprisingly, received many calls of support from the religious right, which typically threatens to blow up their offices over abortion cases.

“I got the classic call the other day,” Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee, told the LA Times. “They said, ‘I really don’t like the ACLU, but I support what you are saying and doing about the baby Messiah.”

UC Davis constitutional law professor Carlton F.W. Larson said the judge’s “entire line of reasoning totally violates basic freedom of religious purposes. This kid can’t be a Messiah because the Messiah is Jesus Christ? Judges don’t get to make pronouncements on the bench about who is the Messiah and who is not.”

The ACLU’s Weinberg agreed: “The judge is crossing the line by interfering in a very private decision and is imposing her own religious faith on this family. The courtroom is not a place for promoting personal religious beliefs, and that’s exactly what the judge did when she changed the baby Messiah’s name to Martin.”

On the other hand, if a certain Miriam from Nazareth had gone ahead and changed her own child’s name to Martin, we’d all be spared a lot of embarrassment…

Ex-Argentina Central Bank Head Tapped for Israel Bank

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Mario Blejer, a former head of Argentina’s central bank, is the leading candidate to the post of Bank of Israel Governor, after two consecutive nominees have dropped out.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping that Blejer, 65, who worked in senior positions at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and served for a short term as president of Argentina’s central bank—during the economic crisis of 2002 (Blejer was asked to step down by the economy minister.)

Blejer is Netanyahu’s top candidate, but a finance ministry spokeswoman said on Sunday that former Bank of Israel deputy governor Zvi Eckstein, Accountant-General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu and ex-Finance Ministry director-general Victor Medina are also in the running.

The candidates are undergoing a vetting process from a panel that oversees senior civil appointments.

Duty free shops around the globe are being called as you’re reading this report, with inquiries about the shopping (and payment) habits of all the candidates.

Blejer enrolled at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and graduated cum laude with degrees in Economics and Jewish History in 1970, as well as with a Master’s Degree in Economics from the same institution, in 1972. He then earned a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Chicago in 1975, and joined the Boston University Department of Economics as an Assistant Professor.

Blejer advocates the need for further regulation of the world’s financial markets. After his 2002 appointment as president of the Central Bank of Argentina, he supported lifting the withdrawal limits (corralito) on accounts, and prepared a plan to achieve this though treasury bills, whereby depositors would be allowed to withdraw larger amounts only by accepting these as payment, in lieu of cash. He also advocated for a plan to dollarize the Argentine economy. These policies met with the opposition of the Economy Minister, Roberto Lavagna, and Blejer resigned after serving a scant three months (he began as VP, and was promoted after his boss had resigned).

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ex-argentina-central-bank-head-tapped-for-israel-bank/2013/08/11/

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