A 10-year old Jewish girl was given the right to be baptised. The girl is from a Jewish family, however after the separation of her parents, the father converted to Christianity and started taking her and her little brother to the church. Her mother was against the baptism, as she claimes the girl has been “brainwashed” into wanting to change her faith by the father.
The 10-year old girl said she made her own decision, however the mother thought her daughter it too young and immature to take such decisions. That`s why she took this to the court and applied for for a prohibited steps order to prevent the father from baptising or confirming either of their children into Christianity.
After talking to the family and taking all the facts into consideration judge John Platt concluded that the father was not “brainwashing” his daughter and it will be best if she make her own decision on whether to be baptised or not. When the decision has been made, the girl was not present at the court, however the judge wrote a letter to here, where he explained his decision. The letter was published alongside the ruling.
He wrote, “I have decided that the best thing for you is that you are allowed to start your baptism classes as soon as they can be arranged and that you are baptised as a Christian as soon as your Minister feels you are ready.
“Being baptised does not mean that you give up your Jewish heritage. That will always be part of you and I hope that you will continue to learn more about that heritage and about you (sic) mother’s faith. Even after you are baptised you are still free to change your mind about your faith later when you are older. Finally, and this is the most important thing, both your mother and father will carry on loving you just as much whatever happens about your baptism.”