439. Belief is a choice.

The European Court of Human Rights has determined that a person's Article 9 rights1 will not have been interfered with in a given situation if he could have exercised a choice that would have averted the interference2, and that a person who voluntarily accepts a regime which leads to a conflict between his beliefs and the acts which he claims interfere with his beliefs, cannot complain of an interference with his freedom to manifest his beliefs3. United Kingdom courts have followed this approach, albeit with some reluctance