NOB moves against criminal monks

NOB moves against criminal monks

THE National Office of Buddhism (NOB) has launched a 24-hour hotline in Thailand for the public to report unacceptable behaviour by delinquent Buddhist monks, according to this report.

The move follows an epidemic of high-profile cases ranging from monks taking drugs and drinking to a case in May of five defrocked abbots charged with sexually abusing boys.

Thai police said that eight boys at monasteries around the northern city of Chiang Mai had been the victims of a paedophile ring.

The abuse was discovered after police rescued one boy from the abuse ring last year. All the boys involved were under 15 years of age.

Major General Prachuab Wongsuk said:

Four of the abbots volunteered to disrobe, but one denied the charges and was forcibly defrocked.

He added that police found alcohol and pornography during a search of living quarters at five monasteries.

Police believe the abbots were acting together and Prachuab predicted that more monks would be arrested soon.

Those charged face a maximum of 20 years in jail if convicted.

NOB said the idea for a hotline had emerged after Thailand’s coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha expressed concern about the image of Buddhism, which is followed by an estimated 95 percent of Thailand’s 67 million population.

The office’s Napparat Benjawattananant said this week:

We have already set up a hotline to receive complaints from people if they see anything that endangers our religion.

People can file a complaint if they see monks are involved in irreligious things. For example if they see fake monks collecting donations.

The office said there were about 270,000 monks across the country.

We don’t have enough staff to check every monk, so we need to mobilise the general public.

Last September, authorities seized nearly £470,000 of assets, including a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz, from a monk who was defrocked for a controversial trip in a private jet and who was also accused of fathering a child by an underage girl a decade earlier.

Thai junta spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipak said:.

There have been a lot of cases regarding bad behaviour related to monks, so we just want to fix this problem.

The monk pictured above is Pra Witthaya Pholyano, 40, who was arrested for doing drugs in a cemetery toilet, just behind a local temple in Khuinagkhao village, Mueng District.


19 responses to “NOB moves against criminal monks”

  1. Bubba T Flubba says:

    Did anyone ever believe that any religious cult would not be befouled by sexual deviants?

  2. Agent Cormac says:

    Different religion, same old failings.

  3. Angela_K says:

    Yet those followers of Buddhism, usually new age and pop tart types, claim it is a benign religion; a quick trawl of the Internet reveals Buddhism is as bad as the rest.

  4. zombiehunter says:

    Even detractors of Christianity seem to leap to the defence of Buddhism and they fail to see it’s just as bullshit as all the other religions out there and these people always say “oh Buddhism isn’t a religion it’s a philosophy” I point out that Buddhism gets tax exempt status as a religion and of course these abuse cases and when it comes to being a celibate old man with outdated views on aids and condoms, homosexuality etc, the Dalai Llama is just as bad as, if not worse than the pope, cos at least when the pope says stuff like that there is condemnation for it yet these same people, here’s just one video which backs up what I’m saying

  5. Intelligent Donkey says:

    No matter which religion they have, they’re still 100% human.

  6. Broga says:

    A hot line for complaints? I don’t see that helping. What is being reported is what has already rotted. By the time it is reported all that is available is to view the stench and hold your nose.

  7. Agent Cormac says:

    Apropos of nothing, I just came across the following clip which I thought I’d share as I’ve been crying laughing at it for the past five minutes. Enjoy!

  8. zombiehunter,

    thanks for this video. Oh, but, but, the dolly lama is SO kewl, doncha know?
    Well, NO, he isn’t, not really at all. That the supposed “leaders” like the Hollywood “stars” love the guy does NOT make him correct. He is no better than any other leader of any of the various religious cuts we have to endure today.

  9. ROFL!!!!!!!!
    This is too funny for words. LOLMAO!!!!!!

  10. Agent Cormac says:

    Glad you liked it too, Charlie! Just about sums up religion for me – nothing more than a flawed sideshow.

  11. barriejohn says:

    It now appears that the “religious hate crime” in which a Saudi Arabian woman was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack in Colchester probably wasn’t. (Yes, it was appalling, whether religiously motivated or not.)

    No further comment.

  12. Agent Cormac says:

    Sorry, OT – but that hateful apologist for all things catholic (namely Bill Donohue) now seems to be wandering into the dream world where his beloved vatican will not tolerate his zealous views any more.

    This would seem to be in line with the shutting down of Deacon Nick’s loathsome little ‘protect the pope’ site.

    The RCC would clearly seem to be on a PR offensive to gag anybody who steps out of line with Frankie Say.

    On which note, this is still one of the best tracks ever release. And personally, I had never seen this version of the video before until now:

  13. JohnMWhite says:

    Donohue’s got out his jump to conclusions mat again, I see. Technical glitches are very, very common with filtering software. I seriously doubt he’d have a problem with the software if it were blocking sites that advocate the use of condoms or gay marriage or something. He is nothing but an adult baby, purely self-centred and believing himself to be the master of a universe that chooses to defy him just to highlight how right he is about everything.

    I’m amused by the doublespeak in the Bishop’s explanation for why he shut down ProtectThePope. According to him, he didn’t, he just didn’t give its operator permission to keep posting. That’s not shutting down or suppressing anything at all…

    It also is telling that even he noticed that recently the site had become not devoted to protecting the pope but to reiterating conservative dogma. So basically the pope should only be protected so long as he hates the gays enough, right?

  14. Trevor Blake says:

    Did you read about the police raid on an atheist / secular center that revealed systematic child abuse? No, I didn’t either. Ever.

  15. Robster says:

    Are these monks from the Monastery of fashion? I mean they, it would seem, wear frocks AND robes. I thought the Thai economy was in trouble and an economy drive had resulted in the catholics giving up the silly hats & booties, The Mormons passing on the magic undies and the muslim women exposing themselves to the sun for the first time ever. Frocks and robes, that’s excessive in a tight economy.

  16. barriejohn says:

    This comment really IS OT, I’m afraid, but I’m reading this report on several sites and wondering whether it is true or not:

    Only a couple of days ago I read that the cost of refurbishing Kensington Palace for the Right Royal Freeloaders had balloned from £!m to £4m, and that taxpayers were gladly stumping up because poor old Queenie is now down to her last million pounds. Have I gone mad; has the world gone mad; are these spoof reports? Somebody please help me!

  17. barriejohn says:

    Talking about Queenie, I was sorry to see that Patsy Byrne (Nursie) has died aged eighty. I was shocked to read that she was that old, but I’m not really so far off it now myself I suppose! Loved her in Watching too, but I seem to be the only person who ever saw that series!!

  18. Broga says:

    Looks like Kate and Wills have got their snouts in the taxation replenished trough big time. They do work hard though. All that dressing up for Ascot and Harry swanning about the parties. Really hard life. Even the Daily Mail on line readers seem to have had more than they can stomach of this useless family and their hordes of free loading hangers on.

  19. Solage 1386 says:

    I’ve just about had it up to here with moving nobs!