Couple try to name baby bin Laden
BERLIN, Germany -- A Turkish couple living in Germany who want to call their child Osama bin Laden have been refused permission by German officials but are to appeal to a judge.
Names can only be registered in Germany if they fulfil certain criteria. A name must clearly identify the child's gender and must not ridicule the child or be offensive.
"Hitler" is banned as a name for that reason.
Registrations officials in Cologne, where the young couple live, rejected the name because it would not be allowed in Turkey, a spokeswoman for the magistrates court now dealing with the case said on Thursday.
I wouldn't be surprise if there were cries of racism coming from both parents.
Not only that I wouldn't be surprised if the German taxpayers will end up footing their legal bills (not that I care but they might). Of course the taxpayers are footing the bill for the Judge to sit on the bench and render judgement.