Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Thailand Bans Movie Critical of Buddhist Monks

Al Jazeera today reports that Thailand's culture ministry has banned Arbat, a new horror film about Buddhist monks. The title translates as "violations committed by monks."  Somchai Surachatri, spokesman for Thailand's National Office of Buddhism, said: "The movie has some scenes that will destroy Buddhism. If it is shown, people's faith in Buddhism will deteriorate," The film's producer says it will change some parts of the movie before resubmitting it for approval. Thailand's monks have come under increasing criticism in recent years for their embrace of commercialism.