Man Changes Name To Draw Attention To The Need For The Christian Unity America Had In The 1950s
January 26, 2012 by staff
Man Changes Name To Draw Attention To The Need For The Christian Unity America Had In The 1950s, The second of seven religious name changes planned by a Zion man — from In God We Trust to One Nation Under God — was approved Friday by Lake County Associate Judge Helen Rozenberg.
One Nation Under God, who was known as Steve Kreuscher before he made his first name change in 2008, said his next name will be 777, a sequence significant in Christianity.
Under God came to court in Waukegan armed with a list of various name changes allowed around the country, should he have needed them to convince the judge. He didn’t. Rozenberg had said last week that she wanted to research the legality of the change before granting it.
Under God, 59, said he’s making the name changes to draw attention to the need for the Christian “unity” America had in the 1950s and because of the loss of “religious freedoms” in the United States, including school prayer.
He also said he expects the name changes to give him some notice as an artist.
“People still call me Steve, which is fine with me,” Under God said. “My boss calls me In God (now his former first name).” He said he doesn’t know if he will now be called One Nation (his new first name) at work.
Although he took his name from a phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance, “I don’t say the pledge,” Under God said. “Christ said make no oaths.”
After leaving court Friday, Under God went to the Illinois secretary of state’s office in Waukegan to get his name changed on his driver’s license. The entire process will cost him more than $500, including about $300 in court fees, he said.
Under God, a slight, soft-spoken man, declined to say where he worked or what he did for a living, but he did say
his name changes and artwork have gained support and respect in the community. “Hardly anyone teases me,” he said.
After 777, Under God said he wants to change his name to What Would Jesus Do, No Cross No Crown, Thermado Zattersof and, finally, Angelico Zioneero.
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