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Old 05-10-2005, 05:30 AM   #1
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Jesus Is Not Speaking To The Press

I can't imagine changing one's name to Jesus Christ, that's an awful lot to live up to

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) -- Even Jesus Christ can't circumvent the rules for getting a driver's license in West Virginia.

Attempts to prove his name really is Christ have led the man born as Peter Robert Phillips Jr. through a lengthy legal battle and a recent victory in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

"This all started with him expressing his faith and his respect and love for Jesus Christ," attorney A.P. Pishevar told The Associated Press. "Now he needs to document it for legal reasons."

Described by his attorney as a white-haired businessman in his mid-50s, Christ is moving to West Virginia to enjoy a slower lifestyle. He bought property near Lost River, about 100 miles west of Washington, and has a U.S. passport, Social Security card and Washington driver's license bearing the name Jesus Christ.

But he still falls short of West Virginia title and license transfer requirements because his Florida birth certificate has his original name on it and he has been unable to obtain an official name change in Washington.

"We just need official documentation that that's his name," said Doug Stump, commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles. "He will be treated no different than anybody else."

Christ applied for the legal name change in May 2003, but it was denied by District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Tim Murphy because "taking the name of Jesus Christ may provoke a violent reaction or may significantly offend people."

In his appeal, Christ's attorney argued that Phillips had changed his name to Jesus Christ 15 years earlier, and "has been using the name since then without incident."

The appeals court last month sent the name-change proposal back to the lower court, saying some required hearings in the case had not been held.

Any comment from the man in the middle of this legal tussle?

"Christ is not speaking to the press at this time," Pishevar said.
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Reminds me of the Cosby skit where he thought his name was Jesus Christ and his brother's was g#ddamnit when he was growing up as a kid.
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the things people do....
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Reminds me of the Cosby skit where he thought his name was Jesus Christ and his brother's was g#ddamnit when he was growing up as a kid.
His brother thought his name was "Dammit"
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People do the nuttiest things. Now I've heard it all.
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Man, what are they going to say at this guy's funeral?

"We gather here today to remember Jesus Christ . . .Now let's pray to our Lord, Jesus Christ. . ."
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Re: Jesus Is Not Speaking To The Press

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Christ applied for the legal name change in May 2003, but it was denied by District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Tim Murphy because "taking the name of Jesus Christ may provoke a violent reaction or may significantly offend people."
I agree with that ruling.

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I don't know what's the problem.... a lot of guys here have those names ( "Jesús" or "Cristo") and nobody gives a fuck about that, it doesn't offend anybody, even when Catholics are the mayority here. that name is so common that we have a nickname for it: "Chucho" .
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I don't know what's the problem.... a lot of guys here have those names ( "Jesús" or "Cristo") and nobody gives a fuck about that, it doesn't offend anybody, even when Catholics are the mayority here. that name is so common that we have a nickname for it: "Chucho" .

My father in law is named Jesus...I'm not offended
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Reminds me of a M*A*S*H episode....
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I don't know what's the problem.... a lot of guys here have those names ( "Jesús" or "Cristo") and nobody gives a fuck about that, it doesn't offend anybody, even when Catholics are the mayority here. that name is so common that we have a nickname for it: "Chucho" .
I think they're objecting to his last name in conjunction with "Jesus."

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there are people who use both names "Jesus Cristo". "Cristo" is a lastname too.

Maybe I don't see any problem with that cuz we use a lot of Catholic names here. If you name a child " Jesus" or "María" it means that you are putting that child under their protection, or maybe you just like those names...

Anyway... i think is his problem...if he wants to name himself "jesus" because he respects and loves Jesus he has the right to do it. it would be a real problem if he thinks he is the real one I guess
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Reminds me of the Cosby skit where he thought his name was Jesus Christ and his brother's was g#ddamnit when he was growing up as a kid.
Dad: "Dammit, get in out of the rain!!!"
Son: "But Dad - I'm Jesus Christ!"

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I'm aware that there are people named Jesus and people with the last name of Christ. I think it's stupid when someone, with a different birth name, deliberately takes the name "Jesus Christ", however. That's asking for trouble.
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