Skip to comments.West Virginia denies Jesus Christ a driver's license
Posted on 05/16/2005 5:45:31 AM PDT by new cruelty
In West Virginia, even Jesus Christ needs proper identification to get a driver's license.
Mr. Christ recently moved to West Virginia from the District, where he got a driver's license, a passport and a Social Security card bearing his name.
But the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles says that's not enough because he has not officially changed his name.
The name that appears on his Florida birth certificate -- Peter Robert Phillips Jr. -- is the one that must be displayed on his license, West Virginia DMV officials say.
Mr. Christ, who is in his 50s, changed his name about 15 years ago.
In 2001, he obtained his driver's license under the name Jesus Christ in the District. In court documents, Mr. Christ and his attorney A.P. Pishevar cite a 1977 common-law ruling that allows name changes without legal proceedings.
"It started as an expression of his faith," Mr. Pishevar said yesterday. "But he wanted his property in his name, so now he needs it documented for legal reasons."
A bus driver for the developmentally disabled, Mr. Christ applied for the legal name change in May 2003.
But, a D.C. Superior Court judge denied his request a month later because taking the name of Jesus Christ "may provoke a violent reaction or may significantly offend people."
Last month, the D.C. Court of Appeals reversed that decision and sent the case back to the lower court, which must set a new hearing in Mr. Christ's case.
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Yeah, but what's he driving?
Moneylenders, if I remember correctly.
All he has to do is tell them that he pronounces his name "Hey-zeus", then they'll give him his license.
I'm offended by someone using the name Jesus Christ. When do I start rioting? /sarcasm
Well, this one drives a bus! : )
Nah, just add an H... or change it Sheets Byrd!
You remember correctly.
And in-state tuition to the college of his choice!
Sounds like this is a proper response. This guy should get his butt kicked five times before breakfast.
I can't BELIEVE an attorney named A.P. Pishevar.
He doesnt have the right to 'significantly' offend people says de judge?
So its ok to insignificantly offend folks?
If a majority of people are offended then a crime is comitted?
But if a majority of people want a law passed a judge can overule them if he feels like it?
Nothing like a rubber set of rules...
He practices with the law firm Dewey, Cheatam & Howe. :-)
While Levon, Levon slowly dies...
Nah - he rode the white donkey colt. He drove the moneylenders out of the temple.
You can only riot half heartedly:
Jesus is a name -
Christ is a title.
I hear non-church-going folk around here talking about him all the time!
On the Christ-as-title score, I know an attorney named Christ. His "Esquire" is his title. Many will meet their doom if and when he becomes a judge!
Oh for Christ't sake!!
"In court documents, Mr. Christ and his attorney A.P. Pishevar cite a 1977 common-law ruling that allows name changes without legal proceedings. "
From here on, I'd like to be called "Max Power"...
Not only are there a lot of "Jesus" as first names here in Panama, there a lot of "Jesus Maria" as first names for men. No one thinks twice about it. It's like being called Juan.
"Cristo" is also a last name, but we have none in Panama.
Living in Latin America, I dont see what all the fuss is about, and Panama is a very Catholic country. There are better things to get ones panties all up in a wad.
Could give a whole new meaning to the 'Ministry' song 'Jesus Built My Hotrod'
You'll always be Blzbba to me.
Also, a popular name for women is "Maria Jesus" (Jesus Maria for men).
Jesus you can drive my car...Jesus you can drive my car, beep beep beep beep yeah!
As I recall Christ rode an ass and I'm pretty sure you don't need a license to ride an animal anywhere.
This dude and whatever justice approved his name change need to spend a few days in the stocks and/or a good flogging ( administered by the proper officials of course ).
And I guess we could ask him "Would Jesus wear a Rolex?"
Maybe he just needs to encounter a half crazed mississippi squirrel ?
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