A Staten Island judge has ruled that you can't take The Lord's name as your surname. At least that is what Michael and Angela Nwadiuko discovered when the couple tried to change their last name to ChistIsKing. Of course they shouldn't have been surprised, because the same judge previously denied their son's attempt to change his name from Jeremy to JesusIsLord (he changed it anyway, in the RIGHTEOUS Commonwealth of Virginia).
Why did Civil Court Judge Philip Straniere deny the Nwadiuko couple their name change? On the grounds of separation of church and state, not to mention the fact that people might be offended by the name. Especially in the context of the couple's children, JesusIsLord and Rejoice. As examples of how the surname might cause problems in his decision, he pointed out that it might create complications if a court clerk or classroom teacher were forced to call out "JesusIsLord ChristIsKing" or "Rejoice ChristIsKing."
And wouldn't a hypothetical headline like "'JesusIsLord ChristIsKing' Misses Shot To Cost Team Championship" be a depressing one for the family to see? For what it is worth, the family says they'll survive. "This is an English world and we are Christians," Michael Nwadiuko told CBS. "We are not ashamed that we are Christians and we’re not trying to make everybody become Christian, because not everybody will become Christian. We love people whether they are Christians or not." They're also praying for Judge Straniere.