Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Euro governments: You can't name your child that!

The Euros sure have been giving me a lot of material lately. Hat tip to Michelle Malkin:
Item number one: Couple fights to name baby 'Metallica'
Michael and Karolina Tomaro are locked in a court battle with Swedish authorities, which rejected their application to name their six-month-old child after the legendary rock band.
"It suits her," Karolina Tomaro, 27, said Tuesday of the name. "She's decisive and she knows what she wants."

Although little Metallica has already been baptized, the Swedish National Tax Board refused to register the name, saying it was associated with both the rock group and the word "metal."

Tomaro said the official handling the case also called the name "ugly."

Item number two: Appeal over baby named Jihad
The German interior ministry is appealing against a decision by the Berlin authorities to allow an Islamist to name his son Jihad, the Arabic word used for holy war. Reda Seyam fought for 18 months for permission to give his sixth child the name after the registry in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg initially rejected his application, saying the name was inappropriate because of its association with terrorism, and "may endanger the child".

Ok, while I'm not a fan of either of those names, I am even more creeped out by these European laws regulating what parents name their babies.

She's right. Let the parents name the kids whatever the hell they want. Their kids would be guaranteed frequent @sskickings, wedgies, and stolen lunch money with names like "Metallica" and "Jihad". Then again, with names like that, they could always come to the US and get elected to public office in San Fran-istan when they grow up.

Nanny state government at its finest, huh?