In Egypt a court has sentence a woman and her seven children up to 15 years in prison for converting to Christianity.
Nadia Mohamed Ali converted to Islam 23 years ago after marrying Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab Mustafa. When he died she converted her family back to Christianity, the religion of her youth, in order to obtain an inheritance.
In 2004 she began the process by seeking help from workers in the registration office to process new identity cards for her family.
But under the new Muslim Brotherhood regime such acts are deemed illegal, landing Nadial, her children, and even the clerks in prison.
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Human rights advocates said it's a sign of things to come.
Samuel Tadros, a research fellow at Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, said conversions like Nadia's are not uncommon, but the new Sharia-based constitution "is a real disaster in terms of religious freedom."
"Now that Sharia law has become an integral part of Egypt's new constitution, Christians in that country are at greater risk than ever," said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law & Justice.
"This is another tragic case that underscores the growing problem of religious intolerance in the Muslim world," he contineud. "To impose a prison sentence for a family because of their Christian faith sadly reveals the true agenda of this new government: Egypt has no respect for international law or religious liberty."
Human rights advocates claim that this case is simply one of many alarming rulings that point to the dire plight of roughly 7 million Christians living in Egypt.
"The cases will increase in the future," Tadros warned. "It will be much harder for people to return to Christianity."