Visitors look at devil masks displayed during a Halloween promotions at a shopping center in Bangkok. In a city that loves to celebrate any holiday, Halloween is catching on not just as a kid's party at international schools but as a big night out on the town -- and a marketing opportunity to draw more shoppers into stores.
But things are beginning to look dark for Thailand's 65 million souls of whom 94.6% are Buddhist and 4.6% of whom are Muslim. Soon, 3 provinces will have limited Sharia Law, which I suppose is like being almost pregnant. The new Muslim prime minister of Thailand, installed by military coup, has apologized to Muslims in the south:
Thailand's interim prime minister publicly apologized Thursday for the former government's hard-line policies against an Islamic insurgency, promising an investigation into allegations of human rights abuses by the administration deposed in a recent coup.
In an unexpected initiative, Chulanont Surayud also said he would urge the limited use of Islamic law in Thailand's Muslim-majority south to settle some disputes, especially over inheritance and family affairs, he said.
Surayud was accompanied by army chief Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, a practicing Muslim who led the Sept. 19 coup. Previous governments have shown little acceptance of Muslim culture.
The southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat are the only ones with Muslim majorities in predominantly Buddhist Thailand. An insurgency in the three provinces has claimed more than 1,800 lives since January 2004.
Like most Islamic infestations this will only mean the eventual demise of Thailand as a Buddhist country. A century ago Africa was less than 25% Muslim, now it is more Muslim than not. By 2025 Islam will be the world's dominant religion (1).
Islam is already the second religion of almost every European state - the only exceptions being those European countries such as Azerbaijan and Albania where it is the majority religion. The time to stop them is now, before they vote Sharia into law in every single European country.
Consider that in 1997 a staggering 57% of all babies born in Brussels were Muslim! (2) As an atheist - this puts the fear of God in me - big time.
A couple are dressed in costume to celebrate Halloween in Lan Kwai Fong, a popular nightlife district in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006.
Of course, the French being so Anti-American have been on an anti-Halloween jag since the 1990s.
Dark Echo Blog [now defunct blog], French press declares Halloween dead
"Halloween pretty much buried," the daily le Monde reported, quoting Benoit Pousset, head of costume company Cesar, who attributed the festival's demise in France to "a cultural reaction linked to the rise of anti-Americanism."
Below, rows of pumpkins are seen in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in this undated file photo. Halloween, ancient Celtic festival or U.S. marketing gimmick according to one's point of view, is dying in France after a short-lived breakthrough, French media reported on Tuesday.
religioustolerance.org, GROWTH RATE OF CHRISTIANITY & ISLAM
Some estimates of numbers and growth rate of Christians:
Source Year % world's population Samuel Huntington 2025 25%
Some estimates of numbers and growth rate of Muslims:
Source Year % world's population Samuel Huntington 2025 30%
The World Of Islam CD (Colorado Springs: Global Mapping International, 2000), Survey Of Islam, Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity
In 1995 there were some 4 million Muslims in France, 1.9 million in Germany, and 1.5 million in the UK, accounting for 7 percent, 2.4 percent, and 2.7 percent of the overall populations respectively. In 1998 7 percent of babies born within the European Union were Muslim, in Brussels it was as much as 57 percent....This growth comes primarily through immigration and a high birth rate.