Please tell me you all have read or seen this headline in the news recently: Parents Sue Georgia for right to call baby girl Allah. I couldn’t let this one just be, I had to see what was up with this story. Was this the state government’s way of imposing their power and taking an anti-Islamic stance without actually saying so, I mean we are contesting the name Allah here? Is this a breach of the first amendment? Or were these some power tripping parents bent on having their way and sticking it to the man even at the cost of their helpless child?
So here we have parents of a baby girl, both having legally different last names than each other, wanting to call their child: ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah. The state of Georgia denied the baby a birth certificate based on the fact that Georgia’s administrative code requires a newborn child to have the last name of at least one parent or a combination of both parents, noting that the name can be changed later on through the courts. According to that particular clause this child’s name did not qualify for a birth certificate in the state of Georgia, and this really does matter. That birth certificate is actually a really important document, without it this little lamb will not be able to obtain a social security card, be covered under Medicade, or register for public school. As a parent myself I would think that getting a valid birth certificate would be of the utmost importance, and bickering over some letters smashed together on paper might be something to tackle later on, but hey! That’s just me. So Georgia said no way Jose! But why? Why even have these safeguards? Why not just let parents name their kids whatever they desire, they are the parents after all right?
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