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West Virginia denies Jesus Christ a driver's license
THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | May 11, 2005 | Tarron Lively

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: aliens; turass

1 posted on 05/16/2005 5:45:31 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Yeah, but what's he driving?


2 posted on 05/16/2005 5:48:32 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: new cruelty
What would Jesus Drive?
3 posted on 05/16/2005 5:48:35 AM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: SittinYonder
Yeah, but what's he driving?

Moneylenders, if I remember correctly.

4 posted on 05/16/2005 5:49:34 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (The Crew Chief's Toolbox: A roll around cabinet full of specialists.)
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To: new cruelty
In West Virginia, even Jesus Christ needs proper identification to get a driver's license.

All he has to do is tell them that he pronounces his name "Hey-zeus", then they'll give him his license.

5 posted on 05/16/2005 5:50:11 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: new cruelty

I'm offended by someone using the name Jesus Christ. When do I start rioting? /sarcasm


6 posted on 05/16/2005 5:50:26 AM PDT by Former Fetus (fetuses are 100% pro-life, they just don't vote yet!)
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To: SittinYonder

Well, this one drives a bus! : )


7 posted on 05/16/2005 5:51:36 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: lowbridge
All he has to do is tell them that he pronounces his name "Hey-zeus", then they'll give him his license.

Nah, just add an H... or change it Sheets Byrd!

8 posted on 05/16/2005 5:51:41 AM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Moneylenders, if I remember correctly.

You remember correctly.

9 posted on 05/16/2005 5:52:24 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: lowbridge
All he has to do is tell them that he pronounces his name "Hey-zeus", then they'll give him his license.

And free medical care plus a free pass to travel back and forth from Mexico, no doubt.
10 posted on 05/16/2005 5:54:45 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (The theory of evolution is the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century - Michael Denton)
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To: reagan_fanatic

And in-state tuition to the college of his choice!


11 posted on 05/16/2005 5:58:27 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Tennessee_Bob
Bob you better read up it was a white donkey
12 posted on 05/16/2005 6:03:03 AM PDT by MEpajamaMONSTER (Bad dawg baaad dawg)
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To: new cruelty
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."

Sounds like this is a proper response. This guy should get his butt kicked five times before breakfast.

13 posted on 05/16/2005 6:04:47 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: new cruelty

I can't BELIEVE an attorney named A.P. Pishevar.


14 posted on 05/16/2005 6:13:33 AM PDT by T'wit (T'wit's Second Law: Liberals are always wrong, even when they come down on both sides of the issue.)
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To: gridlock

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...


15 posted on 05/16/2005 6:14:51 AM PDT by joesnuffy (The generation that survived the depression and won WW2 proved poverty does not cause crime)
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To: new cruelty

I WIN!


16 posted on 05/16/2005 6:15:49 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: T'wit
I can't BELIEVE an attorney named A.P. Pishevar.

He practices with the law firm Dewey, Cheatam & Howe. :-)

17 posted on 05/16/2005 6:16:33 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (If this isn't the End Times it certainly is a reasonable facsimile...)
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To: new cruelty

18 posted on 05/16/2005 6:19:00 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: new cruelty
"West Virginia denies Jesus Christ a driver's license "

While Levon, Levon slowly dies...

19 posted on 05/16/2005 6:20:16 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras

ROTFLOL.


20 posted on 05/16/2005 6:21:58 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: MEpajamaMONSTER

Nah - he rode the white donkey colt. He drove the moneylenders out of the temple.


21 posted on 05/16/2005 6:24:56 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (The Crew Chief's Toolbox: A roll around cabinet full of specialists.)
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To: Former Fetus

You can only riot half heartedly:

Jesus is a name -

Christ is a title.


22 posted on 05/16/2005 6:31:58 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: new cruelty; Elsie
Now.... was that Jesus H. Christ?

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!

HF

23 posted on 05/16/2005 6:42:27 AM PDT by holden (holden awnuhnuh truth, de whole truth, 'n nuttin' but de truth)
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To: new cruelty
Here's his bus...


24 posted on 05/16/2005 7:08:09 AM PDT by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: new cruelty

Oh for Christ't sake!!


25 posted on 05/16/2005 7:22:51 AM PDT by sandydipper (Less government is best government!)
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To: new cruelty

"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"...


26 posted on 05/16/2005 8:18:09 AM PDT by Blzbba (Let them hate us as long as they fear us - Caligula)
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To: new cruelty

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 don’t 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.


27 posted on 05/16/2005 8:25:35 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: new cruelty

Could give a whole new meaning to the 'Ministry' song 'Jesus Built My Hotrod'


28 posted on 05/16/2005 8:27:14 AM PDT by zbigreddogz
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To: Blzbba

You'll always be Blzbba to me.


29 posted on 05/16/2005 8:28:40 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Also, a popular name for women is "Maria Jesus" (Jesus Maria for men).


30 posted on 05/16/2005 9:00:53 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: new cruelty

Jesus you can drive my car...Jesus you can drive my car, beep beep beep beep yeah!


31 posted on 05/16/2005 9:45:41 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: holden

OUCH!


32 posted on 05/16/2005 12:07:40 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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To: SittinYonder

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 ).


33 posted on 05/16/2005 8:02:41 PM PDT by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: festus

And I guess we could ask him "Would Jesus wear a Rolex?"


34 posted on 05/16/2005 8:07:54 PM PDT by jimfree (Long-time Ray Stevens fan)
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To: jimfree

Maybe he just needs to encounter a half crazed mississippi squirrel ?


35 posted on 05/16/2005 8:14:48 PM PDT by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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