A ten-year-old child in Essex has been given permission by a judge to convert to Christianity against her Jewish mother's wishes.
Both parents of the girl, who cannot be named, are Jewish. But after the marriage soured, her father converted to Christianity and his children, the girl and a younger brother, could now do the same.
...The judge at Romford County Court has now written to the girl giving her permission.
Judge John Platt told the child: "Your father thinks it is right for you to be baptised as a Christian now. Your mother wants you to wait until you are older, so they have asked me to decide for them. That is my job."
....The court heard a written submission from Chabad rabbi Odom Brandman, who said the case was "extremely disturbing".
"In Judaism we don't encourage conversion either way as it is unnatural for a person to change the religion they are born into and which thus is ingrained in their soul in a deep way. Although conversions are performed they must be worked at over a number of years when a real change can realistically take place. It is unfair to any child to put them under this pressure and to do something unnatural to their soul." click here for full story