I heard this story on the radio this morning and when they got to the part I bolded, I actually screamed “noooo” in the car. More of my thoughts after the story.


A Tennessee man couldn’t give much to the McCain/Palin campaign, so he gave his child’s nomenclature.

“I took one for the cause,” said Mark Ciptak of Elizabethton. “This is a little token to the McCain camp, and we are strong supporters of that ticket.” Ciptak put “Sarah McCain Palin Ciptak” on his newborn daughter’s birth certificate documents, ignoring the name he and his wife picked earlier.

“We actually came up with the name Ava Grace, and I secretively went and got another set of forms,” Ciptak said. His wife Layla, he told the Kingsport Times-News still didn’t know what he had done when he first talked to them. “Only some friends and family members who I have called for prayer support know at this point,” he said. In a follow-up, Ciptak said that “she was not quite fond of me or of what I have done, but we’ve had some time to talk it over, and she has been really supportive through it all.”

Ciptak’s in-laws, on the other hand, are “planning my funeral behind my back,” he said. “There’s some resentment from the family.”

The Ciptaks are considering reverting their daughter’s name to “Ava Grace,” but Mark said he doesn’t regret his original move. “If anything, to show some encouragement to someone out there, that if something so simple as naming her what I named her has such a huge impact from just such a little, tangible thing, that we can really do anything,” he said. “It encourages me that we can do more.”

Oh. My. God. They chose a name and he went behind his wife’s back–his wife who had just carried this child for 9 months and gone through the trauma of birth. The woman who may never get her body back as it was before. He went behind her back and did this? To a woman who is not only experiencing one of the most terrible floods of hormones a woman can experience and is already emotionally fragile, but the woman whom he, I would assume, promised to love, honor and cherish in his wedding vows? Very devout of him. I wonder how that falls in his Christian values and those values of the people he was calling for “prayer support”. Castration is too good for him. I don’t actually care what name he chose (though what he did choose is particularly obnoxious sounding, and not because it’s the party I’m not voting for, but because it’s just obnoxious). I care about the fact that he disrespected his wife and did something so vile. And to top it off, he didn’t tell her before he told relatives and media. What an asswipe. I hope she makes him get up for every night time feeding for the duration of the baby’s infancy. Every. Single. One.

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