Thailand’s gold rush for God

Thailand's gold rush for God - Asia Times, May 15, 2004
Rather meandering article about missionaries in Thailand that includes various interesting quotes including the Akha activist Matthew McDaniel calling missionary work 'fascism'.
...Thailand is undergoing a spiritual "gold rush" because its "heathen" tribes hold promise for missionaries, who face few restrictions, as communities from which to reach millions more brethren scattered across the hard-to-reach peaks of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Yunnan in southern China...
A sharp increase in foundation-status applications from missions has raised official eyebrows. "We want to know what's behind them, their real intentions, what they want with the children," said Sergeant Sukich Surin of the Tourist Police. "The Thai government is very concerned about this now."
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