Posted by: becketfund | June 29, 2007

Thailand: Government Rejects Plans for State Religion

The Associated Press reports that the committee responsible for drafting Thailand’s new constitution has voted, by 66 to 19, to reject a proposal to make Buddhism the state religion.  Over the protests of Buddhist monks, members of the committee opined that establishing a state religion would create more problems in the country than it would solve.  Buddhists claim that their religion is threatened by the growing influence of Islam in the country and that only constitutional recognition would protect Buddhism as the country’s foremost religion, while Muslims in the south complain of discrimination at the hands of the Buddhist majority.

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