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After Frivolous Court Case, Parents Win Right To Name Daughter 'Allah'

In light of America’s contemporary tensions in relation to Islam, a legal case in Georgia has attracted immense attention after a couple based in Atlanta, were refused the birth certificate of their choice following the birth of their daughter, ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah. The controversial decision to reject the birth name presented by ZalyKha’s parents, husband: Bilal Walk, and wife: Elizabeth Handy, was based on Georgia State Law. The state’s birth certificate laws stipulate that a baby’s surname must be the surname (or a combination of two) of the child’s parents.
Mr. Walk and Ms. Handy were informed by state officials that they could easily petition to change their daughter’s name after receiving a legal birth certificate. However, the couple was committed to the principals of the matter, saying: they had picked ‘Allah’ (a translation for ‘God’ in Arabic) as a name because it was “noble” rather than for any religious reasons. The pair contacted the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and decided to sue the state of the Georgia, with Mr. Walk saying: “We have to make sure that the state isn't overstepping their boundaries. It is just plainly unfair and a violation of our rights.”

The bitter parents would later win the legal battle against the state after describing how the state law had stopped their daughter from receiving a Social Security number, food stamps or Medicare benefits. The incident has incensed huge numbers of people across American who see the self-aggrandizing behavior of ZalyKha’s parents as arrogant and wasteful.

The response from online commentators has been overwhelmingly negative with many people emphasizing that the parents were acting in their own self-interest, with one Dailymail user named Reubenene, saying: “Parents like this are simply determined to make a statement. They don't have their child's best interests at heart.” However, another user made a rare statement of supporting, emphasizing that “If someone can name their SON Jesus (Jesús) there is no reason the state of Georgia should deny someone naming they child "Allah". The state has no interest in restricting that name.”

Source: Mail Online
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