Thailand refuses to enshrine Buddhism as national religion

Thailand’s constitution drafting committee on Friday rejected a proposal to enshrine Buddhism as the national religion in the next charter. The committee voted 66 to 19 against against a proposal to declare Buddhism the national religion in Thailand’s 18th constitution, currently being drafted in the aftermath of a military coup on September 19, 2006 that annulled the previous charter. Thailand has long been a secular state where all religions are allowed freedom and equality under the constitution, although Buddhism is the professed faith of 90 per cent of the 65 million population. Full Story

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