Little Girl Shouldn't Have to Change Her Name Because Some Adults Are Jerks

Hello My Name Is ... When you hear the term ISIS, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the terrorist group taking over the Middle East and beheading westerners. Absolutely gruesome stuff. But for a lot of people, they hear ISIS and think, Hey that's my name!

Like one little girl in Sydney, whose parents named her after the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis. Sheridan Leskien says that until a few months ago, people would remark on the unusual beauty of her 8-year-old daughter's name, but now that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham goes by the same moniker, Isis' name is threatening to tear her family apart.

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"Every day there's some sort of reference in the media or brought up in conversation about fighting ISIS, about how ISIS is evil, and I'm worried that she's going to be targeted," Isis' mom shared.

She continued, "It's ruining our family and it's ruining Isis' future. I'm heartbroken for all the families being affected (by Islamic State), the journalists, the different people who are suffering, but my family is suffering too."

While some might call her melodramatic, Leskian says that "friends have abandoned" them, because they're "afraid to be associated with them." Isis' 13-year-old brother Maximus has gotten into fights defending his sister.

People have gone so far as suggesting that they change her name, but the family thinks that's ridiculous. "She's 8 years old, she'll hardly be told what to do at all," Leaskian said. "What people need to do is stop using this beautiful name for this evil group."

ISIS is already morphing into the Islamic State, or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), as President Obama has begun referring to it.

In fact, there's a group petitioning the media to stop using the term ISIS to refer to the terrorists by gathering signatures and raising awareness of all the lovely ladies in the world calling themselves Isis. So far they have over 30,000, including Sheridan Leskien's.

Do you think we should stop referring to the Islamic State as ISIS?

 

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