Mommy knows best.
Or, in this case, it’s the State.
In Iceland, a 15 year-old girl is suing the Icelandic State for the right to be called by her name. When she was born, her mother named her “Blaer”, which means “light breeze”. The priest who baptized her allowed it, but later admitted he made a mistake. The Icelandic State lists her on legal documents as “Stulka”, or “girl”. Now, Blaer is suing for the right to have her real name back.
The Icelandic State, like a handful of other countries, provides a list from which new parents can choose names. Their reasoning is that
…names that fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules and that officials maintain will protect children from embarrassment. Parents can take from the list or apply to a special committee that has the power to say yea or nay.
Here we have a government that has decided it must protect children from embarrassment.
The role of government, at least in America, is to provide for its citizens the ability to seek “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” People can manage well enough on their own to determine what life and liberty and happiness is. When government oversteps its bounds of providing for the common good of its people and, instead, dictating to them what is best, it ceases to be government.
Or, at least free government.