Buddhists are in a sad state in the present day. Even though, they are the majority of the population, they have no rights, nor they are not protected by the government as it should be when compared with people of other religions, so they live by their own.
In 2007, there are a lot of Buddhists tried to encourage the Constitution Drafting Assembly to specify that Buddhism is the national religion in the Constitutional Draft. The same situation occurred in 1997, but it did not succeed.
While I have been studying law at a university, I have learnt that Islamic, Christian and Hindu precepts are quoted in the Thai Legal History and Major Legal Systems. The precepts are defined as religious laws, and are traditionally accepted in principle laws of the world. In spite of this, Buddhism is not quoted. In addition, it is stated that the precepts are not a system of law. In fact, the Act prescribed the monastic disciplines in Buddhism are like Buddhist crimes that concern offences for which one may be punished by law. It is more obvious than any other religion; that is why the Lord Buddha studied law. (It is 1 of 18 subjects).
This is an answer to why the statement "Buddhism as a national religion" was refused to be specified in the constitution when they drafted it.
Buddhism is not defined as a religious law and accepted in the principle laws of the world because Buddhist monks and lay-followers have no role to draft a curriculum of law and system of law.
This is a glowing reason that made me compile the principle precepts in the Tripitaka
and compose them as Mãtikã (items) like sections in law codes in order to make them easy to understand. Readers will learn that there are rules or regulations in Buddhism as a system of law that is greater than any other religion in the world because there are obvious enforcements and punishments for offenders. It is not prescribed only as an Act on paper according to some people's understanding.
The content in this website is compared with the light that dawned on Buddhists and lawyers in order to gain knowledge of the Lord Buddha's teachings which are a real laws and Buddhist Constitution in the form of Mãtikã (items). They are about rules or regulations related to human beings who live in society including natural rules which affect the birth of everything in the universe, and the rules of action (Kot Han Kamma) where everyone must be responsible for one's own action apart from being punished by the rules of society.
Dr. Charoon Wonnakasinanont