LEEDS, England - In the United Kingdom, Christians feel their freedoms are being eroded bit by bit and the government's reaction to a Muslim girl's conversion to Christianity is one example.
The British government revoked the registration of a Christian foster parent after a 16-year-old Muslim girl converted to Christianity while in her care.
None of the parties in the case can be named to protect the girl despite her no longer being a minor.
The Muslim girl, in her late teens, was interested in exploring Christianity before she was placed in foster care. The foster parent says she did not encourage the girl to change her faith and even offered to take her to places where she could practice Islam.
However, the girl insisted on exploring the Christian faith and eventually decided to be baptized.
When the girl decided she wanted to be baptized in a church, government officials said the foster parent failed in her duty to preserve the girl's religion and should have used her influence to prevent the baptism from going ahead.
The Mike Judge of the Christian Institute says he can't understand the government's objection to allowing the girl to choose to change her faith.
Judge says this case highlights the sort of double standard that Christians are facing in modern Britain.
The foster parent's lawyer Nigel Priestly says there is no evidence that the girl has suffered harm for changing her religion. He argues that the authorities failed to listen to the girl's views.
Priestley says the event that provoked the government was the decision by the girl to be baptized. He believes the government's action is completely disproportionate.
In a statement a government spokesman said, "From the details provided, we believe that this information relates to a child who is the subject of a final care order in favour of the council. In those circumstances, we are unable to pass any comment."
"We would never be able to comment on sensitive issues surrounding a child in care," he added. "To do so would be irresponsible and in this particular case may put the child at risk of harm."
A court has ruled that the foster parent can appeal the decision. The case is set to be heard at Leeds High Court in the North of England on April 27.
Christians hope not only that she'll win her case, but that the case will reinforce the right of people to freely change their faith without legal consequences.