Buddhist groups, monks halt campaigns against draft charter

Published on Aug 12, 2007

The Buddhist organizations and monks Sunday announced their halt to the concerted campaigns against the draft constitution following a concern by Her Majesty the Queen.

The groups vowed to campaign for the rejection of the draft after the Constitution Drafting Assembly refused to have the draft enshrine Buddhism as the national religion.

But during the birthday speech delivered on Saturday, Her Majesty said she disagreed with having the charter enshrine Buddhism as the national religion. She reasoned that she did not want Buddhism to be involved in politics, which were often dirty.

Thongchai Kuasakul, president of the Organization of National Buddhists, said his organization would heed Her Majesty's advice.

Phrathep Wisuthi Kaweelekha, secretary-general of the Buddhism Protection Centre of Thailand said his centre would halt the campaigns because his group did not want to cause Her Majesty to be worried.

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