Posted by: becketfund | February 12, 2007

Thailand: Buddhism as the State Religion?

The Nation reports that interest groups have called on the Thai government to make Buddhism the state religion, threatening to vote down a new draft of the constitution if there is no mention of an official religion. Government officials are concerned about the divisiveness of the subject, but say that the document’s drafters are subject to the will of the people. More than 90% of Thailand practices Buddhism, and there have been demands from various groups to institute a national religion since the Constitution was last revised in 1997.

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