Bangkok (The Nation/ANN) - Nobody should be surprised that the ongoing move to abolish or at least amend the controversial lese majeste law is meeting with staunch opposition from many royalists, who hold an almost |god-like regard towards His Majesty and the institution of |the monarchy.
This is despite the fact that Buddhism - the religion that most Thais follow - teaches us to question everything, even the Buddha. Maybe this left some people with the need to have an unwavering faith in an almost divine-like figure.
The lese majeste law and widespread media self-censorship has ensured that society only consumes positive reports about the Palace.
Many royalists have been adhering to the King's teachings and beliefs, as well as sharing them with the public over the past few decades.
As in any monotheistic religion, a nemesis to God is needed, and while previously it was the vague idea of communism, it has now manifested as republicanism under the leadership of Thaksin Shinawatra.
Thaksin, the ousted, convicted and fugitive former premier, has taken the form of a satanic figure, if not Satan himself, to most royalists.
As for the red-shirt devils who follow this Satan, they are being kept in jail, out of power, forced into exile or getting re-educated into becoming "believers".
The royalists don't just oppose Thaksin, they "hate" him, as Tul Sitthisomwong, a staunch lover |of the monarchy, told BK Magazine recently.
He said his fellow |"believers" are paranoid about Thaksin, and consider his little |sister, Prime Minister Yingluck, a threat to their "religion".
It appears as if they are all afflicted with Thaksinophobia - a belief that all evil in Thailand begins and ends with Thaksin.
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