Welcome to my website. Unlike the universe, this website has a purpose: to offer rants, tirades, opinions and discussion about books on Thailand, give an overview of nightlife in Thailand and, yes, to provide a few news items which might not appear elsewhere. And to have some fun.
Bar, club and restaurant owners who would like to send material on their special events, birthday bashes, anniversary parties, etc., are welcome to do so but please remember men in Thailand are a bit jaded so if you’re just going to offer the usual free gourmet food and free full band entertainment and free beautiful and eager-to-please women, well, the lads have been there, done that. So do try to offer potential patrons something special. ;-)
There is a contest every two weeks when this column appears and the first to answer the question correctly or identify a photograph correctly will receive vouchers worth at least 3,000 baht in food and drink, i.e., 500 baht each, from Larry's Dive, The Old Dutch, Electric Blue, The Big Mango, PJ's Steak & Rib Grill, and Bourbon Street Cafe. The prizes will build up in case anyone doesn't win it immediately so the bonanza for the eventual winner could get quite interesting. It will double to 6,000 and, if still no winner, to 9,000, etc. Second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt. And please remember a part of all money received from the sale of my books goes to needy Thais (in the form of payment to go go dancers, waitresses and hostesses).
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO A DEATH IN THE FAMILY THE NEXT COLUMN WILL BE 1 DECEMBER.
It is amazing, isn't it? Walk into almost any restaurant, pub or bar in Thailand and if you are the observant type like me you will spot at least one incredibly beautiful woman working there. Here is Khun Ning at Bourbon Street Cafe, Washington Square. A professional photographer with a proper camera and lenses could put that lovely face on a fashion magazine cover for sure. And joining her in the right-hand photo is Khun San, one of the nicest people in Thailand.
The Erotica Bar at Nana Plaza has some cute girls but beware many are quickly barfined so go early. their signs are certainly becoming more explicit, as above.
"Maybe everybody at some time or another feels the strong attraction of something rotten-sweet enough to guarantee complete degradation." Darker Than Amber - John D. MacDonald
I fear I have been neglecting the beautiful beer girls who stand by the door in the Robin Hood Pub on Sukhumvit soi 33/1. These girls often move from pub to pub or work only part time while studying so it is hard to say where this one or that one will be but the ladies at the Robin Hood door are often very good-looking indeed. I wonder what they're saying...
And here's Dao, the proud mom of a real cutie, outside the Old Dutch.
The 21st Anniversary of Bourbon Street Cafe in Washington Square was a big success, with very few seats available both buffet evenings. The food was great, the price very reasonable, and, hey, when you can eat as much Georgia Pecan Pie as you like, that is the time to pig out! And I did. Doug and his lovely wife put on a fine spread and the morning shift worked two shifts two days in a row to make sure all went well. Great food and a great staff. And, hey, I won a free Tuesday night Mexican buffet as a prize. And that is another great value for money deal.
Also, on the 15th of September, in the dark, mysterious bowels of the Texas Lone Star Saloon, the book signing for Dragon Slayer went extremely well. I made more money on selling books than I paid out in ladies drinks so bully for me. Many thanks to everyone who made it to the signing. So many people showed up the Lone Star actually ran out of their free lunches. And thanks to Paul Spurrier for bringing his camera so that a drunk Dean Barrett reading a poem from The Go Go Dancer who Stole my Viagra will one day appear on YouTube. (It was appropriate as the poem is about the Lone Star Saloon and a silly old man with a young Thai girl.) It was also a pleasure to see some folks I hadn't seen in a very long time. And thanks to Dave the Rave for the nice write-up about it on his site.
Al Eberhardt putting the make on two lovely ladies in the Londoner Pub. I tried to get a closeup shot of Al's beautiful gold bracelet but somehow ended up shooting a pair of lovely legs. Such things happen.
And right there on soi 33, where lovely ladies in gowns are eating Thai food at foodstalls, are colorful shrines which you would expect to find in a remote village. Ain't Thailand amazing!
The late father of a friend of mine was a plastic surgeon. He eventually became bored with being a doctor and told his son, my friend, this immortal line: "I still like looking at breasts, but I really don't want to make them, anymore."
Sorry to say I heard yet another negative report about Demonia S&M Club on Sukhumvit, soi 33, formerly known as the Cave Bar. It seems a 500-baht tip isn't considered enough by many working there and they turn nasty when it isn't a 1,000-baht tip. This is in addition to the ladies drinks you may have already purchased. I have heard no negative reports like this at BarBar so should you be in the S&M mood, should you believe in the "No pain no gain" theory, you might want to head to BarBar on Patpong, soi 2. I don't believe they have the same owner, but I could be wrong. If anyone has had good or bad experiences, let me know and I'll put them up here. Your name won't be used unless you want it to be used. Here are three shots below taken inside BarBar recently. That little statue is the Nang Kuat, the maiden calling to customers to enter. I love the neat way they positioned it near and below the sexy female wall decoration. By the way, one of my dom friends told me that she dropped out of a well known House of Domination in Bangkok for two years and was working as ground staff at Don Muang Airport for a Middle Eastern Airline, assisting passengers, etc. Then she got tired of the airline job and is now happily back in the art/business of being a dominatrix. Maybe she just got fed up with chauvinistic Middle Eastern men and decided it was more satisfying to get a pound of male flesh?
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Khun Leigh's Corner
Khun Leigh is a savvy local expat who keeps in shape by hitting most of the bars of Nana Plaza as often as possible. From his vast experience, he will enlighten and entertain us with his recollections of the bar scene be they humorous, tragic or somewhere in between.
A lot of guys have asked me what the difference is between the good girls in Thailand and the “entertainment providers.” I think I covered this pretty thoroughly in a previous column. Lately I am being asked more and more about the class differences in the gals. What is the difference between a low class Isaan farmer’s daughter, a middle class gal who graduated University and is working in an office in Bangkok, and a high class gal prancing around Siam Paragon? Previously I suggested that I break them up using my 10/80/10 rule. This simply means that 10% of the gals are so poor that they are forced by their families to do whatever it takes to bring in money. No problem here, the gals from this group make excellent bargirls. Another 10% are so rich that they are living a life of leisure and privilege. Lastly, 80% fall somewhere in between these 2 extremes, and this is where you guys will find the best gals. Gals who want a good man, don’t work in the bar scene, but aren’t so spoiled that they expect you to give them the sun, moon and stars! Well, Khun Leigh is here to entertain you with a story from my ventures into the “rich gal” arena. Yes, even I can be accused of questionable judgment at times.
Her name was Jintaree, and she was the daughter of the woman who owned my apartment building. Her parents were filthy rich, owned more than 80 buildings in Bangkok and many other companies as well. Jintaree graduated from Chula (a top University in Bangkok) and was 24 years old, tall, slim, white skin and a face that was too beautiful for words. We met at a book signing in Silom and it was quite amusing when I told her where I lived and she responded that her family owned my building! Well, rules are made to be broken (a convenient excuse for the fact that when I stared at her perfect face my knees buckled and I conveniently forgot my 10/80/10 rule) so I invited her to dinner for the coming weekend. We ended up going out with 3 other couples, and it was obvious everyone came from money. One guy was no more than 22 but was driving a top end Mercedes Benz and all the others sported attitudes of wealth and privilege. Dinner was at a nice Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, and I have to say the food was great and the service superb. I chatted with everyone in the group in both English and Thai, and eventually ended up conversing with the waiter. He spoke English, Mandarin and Thai and was an exceptionally bright young fellow. He was working there to put himself through graduate school in Engineering. I have to admit it was refreshing to talk with a bright, ambitious young man after the boring conversations with her pretentious friends. When dinner was finished, we boarded a taxi to take Jintaree home, and it was obvious she was not happy with me. After the obligatory 7 tries at “what’s wrong” she finally launched into a 5 minute harangue about how much I had embarrassed her in front of her friends by talking to that “low class” waiter. I was forced to tell the truth, that the waiter was by far the most intelligent person in the room, and if she could drop her pretentious ways for a moment she may have learned something from him. She responded by telling me that only a low class guy would chat with the waiter, and that I had embarrassed her immensely. My response was that in my opinion, the definition of a low class gal was one who told her date who he could talk to! NO MORE rich gals for this guy.
My best quote of the week came when I was walking down Sukumvit Road with a Thai lady friend and a 300-pound western lady grazed by. I told my friend “half an Isaan village could cool itself in the shadow cast off by her enormous body.”
I was talking with a very savvy local friend I will call Rob, and the subject of money and gals eventually came up. I have to say that Rob and I very rarely agree on much of anything. Perhaps it is because I am American, and Rob is from Ecuador. Regardless, I value his opinion and am always pleased to disagree with him. Surprisingly, he totally agreed with me on one very important point. The more money you give to or spend on a Thai girl, the worse they treat you and the less they respect you. Perhaps it is because women are naturally contrarian. Perhaps it is because they can sense that guys who give too much are generally attempting to make up for a lack of self-esteem. I don’t know the exact reason for this phenomenon, but one thing I see time and time again is guys who are smart with their money have great gals who treat them with respect, and guys who are stupid with their money get walked over like a doormat. This holds true in both committed relationships and short time affairs with entertainment providers.
I have been known to be somewhat critical of western women. Well, I can testify to the fact that there are a few cool one's out there. Last week I was enjoying a beer in one of my favorite go-go bars (Angel Witch Bangkok) and next to me was seated a nice looking western couple. We struck up a conversation and the wife (who was from Switzerland) asked me if I went there often. I responded that I practically lived there! I somewhat expected her to give me the old feminazi line about how horrible it all is, what “victims” the gals are etc. etc. To my shock and amazement her response was “this place is GREAT! If I were a man, I would come here every day!”
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And there it was at Nana Plaza's Big Dogs! Steve Leather's Birthday Party! Steve, author of lots of blockbuster novels as well as the unforgettable Private Dancer, was having a great time as were Dave the Rave and Leigh. Thanks for the free beer, Steve. Cheers!
Don't forget should you be in the Patpong area, Orchid Books still exists. They specialize in books on Asia, culture, history, religion and the arts, and while the store is small, the selection is very interesting. The shop is located at the Silom Complex, 4th floor, shop 411, directly off the Saladaeng BTS Skytrain station. The books seem to be a mixture of old and new. It has been there for quite a while so I am always pleased when a bookstore manages to survive the rent. They are closed on Sundays, Tel: 0-2231-3300.
I love this picture. He parked at a fire hydrant and got his just desserts.
Isn't Nang's new hairstyle cute? What a doll! Alas, by the time you read this she will have left the Londoner Pub for a hotel job! Sad, sad, sad.
I first saw Macau in 1970, 35 years ago, a sleepy Portuguese backwater. How times have changed! It now once again belongs to China, Stanley Ho's gambling monopoly has been broken, and the Las Vegas boys have moved in with their extravagant and beautiful casinos. In the old days, hotels such as the Lisboa had casinos and of course a massage parlor staffed with Thai women. Now that there is a direct flight from Bangkok to Macau I will have to check the scene out soon.
Now that YouTube is unblocked in Thailand (at least for now), you might (or might not) enjoy this short poem from The Go Go Dancer who Stole My Viagra. Over 34,000 people have so far watched my YouTube walk down Soi Cowboy. About 110 have watched the Weeping Walrus video/poem. I think there is a moral there, no? Something like: Sex first, Poetry second? Anyway, just click on the walrus and the video starts.
I really enjoyed Evil in the Land Without which refers to Burma. There are scenes in Thailand, Burma, England and Africa and the writing and plotting and characterization are very professional. This is another novel that was published by Asia Books who no longer publishes. I believe Colin Cotterill has done more well received novels, some set in Laos, published in New York, and there are plots seen through the eyes of an elderly Laotian morgue specialist, or something like that. Anyway, the author lives in Chiang Mai, and David Young, another author writing Thailand novels I like, lives in Ayudhya, and the insurance detective novelist Byron Bales who wrote A Family business - also an excellent novel - lives in Prachuap Khiri Khan. All are fine writers and there are more so to anyone who says local writers based in Thailand are second rate tell them they are full of shit.
Khun Miken on Thai Culture and Language
Mike York Petchabun, Thailand
(This car at right is blue)
Taboo ad and other ads as seen in After Dark Magazine. Yum, yum, yum. Some magazines are worth getting just for the ads. As I mentioned, we now have two new magazines on Thailand's nightlife scene, Sizzle and After Dark. www.afterdarkasia.com
Things are getting weird. I asked Kinokinuya Books head office if they would be ordering any copies of Dragon Slayer. I didn't get a reply. Yesterday when I went to their Thailand section in the corner of the Emporium store, I found no copies of Dragon Slayer but, incredibly, among some of my other titles, three copies of Mistress of the East, my one and only erotic novel (so far). As far as I know, New York's Blue Moon Books (the publisher) does not distribute in Thailand so how and why is Kinokinyua suddenly selling Mistress of the East? Strange, but fine with me. It is a mass market size, so cheap, so if you buy it, let me know how you like it. Alas, it does seem that Blue Moon Books, originally begun by the legendary Barney Rosset, is slated to go out of business.
Here is a short video of his paintings on Bangkok's nightlife by Chris Coles:
"Chinese toys taste better!" (New T-shirt slogan)
I had a very romantic experience in Thailand the other day. My cellphone rang and it was a beautiful 21-year-old university girl whom I had had the pleasure of mucking about with horizontally a few times over the past few months. She goes to school fulltime but occasionally hangs about a particular art bar on soi 33 to make a bit of money for the latest cellphone or whatever. It seems she had been in a motorcycle accident and was going to the doctor yet again to look at her leg. I told her that was a shame and that motorcycles were certainly dangerous and she should really be careful, all the while knowing that before this phone call was through, this accident would cost me some money.
But what I love is the directness of these girls. Totally shameless. She said (in English): So can we meet at the bar and go upstairs and you can fuck me and pay me so I can pay the doctor?" That, I thought, was the most romantic thing any Thai women in Thailand had said to me in the seven years since I came back here to live. I mean, if she had said, I love you too much, blah, blah, blah, then I most likely would have said no. But the directness of it was so cool. Those brought up in the West who cannot think outside the box have it drilled into them that sex for money, play for pay, is a horrible thing. But those of us fortunate enough to live in Thailand, and to realize that sexual mores in different cultures should not always be judged by those in our own culture, know better. So, to make a long story short, I did go upstairs with her (she was limping) and took one look at her badly swollen, bruised, badly cut ankle, paid her some money and told her to go home. No way she was going to be writhing about on a bed with that painful ankle. I would have had to be a sadist to enjoy sex with her that night, which I'm not. She hugged me and was obviously very grateful.
The funny part was we must have been upstairs in the room for about three minutes, no more. When we returned downstairs to the bar the customers' and bargirls' mouths were agape, assuming that they had just witnessed the shortest shorttime in history. I told her to let them think so; more fun that way. (Needless to say, the motorcycle taxi driver didn't even get a scratch.)
There he is in the flesh. The painting on the wall of the Texas Lone Star Saloon is by Richard Diran who is sitting in the Texas Lone Star Saloon having his lunch. Caught in the act!
Friends square off on Soi Cowboy: That's Charlie the pro Muay-Thai boxer and bodyguard on the left and John on the right. Even without his amulets protecting him, I would still bet on Charlie. He is one tough fellow! By the way, Cowboy One was closed up tight, apparently, according to Rumor-Control Headquarters latest release, due to lack of punters. What will replace it, who knows?
Older men who shack up with much younger women keep the grim reaper at bay for the human population and extend our species' lifespan, new research claims. (Wait'll Barbie hears this!)
Have you been to the new Esplanade Complex out by the Cultural Center? I wondered into it by accident and I thought it was an entertainment/massage complex like so many others on Rachadapisek Road. But it is actually a sparkling new shopping center with a movie theater, etc. Unfortunately, almost all the restaurants in the basement food area are Japanese, so I can't figure out how they hope to survive. If you are more conveniently located near the Emporium or Siam Paragon, I see no reason to head out to this Center but if you are killing time, waiting for a massage parlor to open, as some lads are wont to do, then you could always spend a bit of time in the Esplanade Complex. And near the Complex is the mysterious and well guarded Chinese Embassy. The Chinese says "Chinese Embassy" jongguo dashihguan. Sure wish I could write Chinese characters as beautifully as those. Maybe in my next life.
Would you clean windows for free? You might, if they were in Amsterdam and the Entertainment Providers were posing behind them. But, alas, some brothels are to be shut down in Amsterdam. Read about it here.
Under "Links you might enjoy" I'm adding RadioBangkok.net which describes itself as "your 24-hour station with music, news and information on Thailand. I've been listening to it for quite awhile; I think you'll enjoy it. www.radiobangkok.net.
And here we have the Londoner Pub's very own Chang Light girl at the left, and a crowd of Frank's Corner regulars and some guests at the right. The women are Linda and Rusty, the men are Lance and Rust. the regulars are Al, Roland, Jannik, Bob, Chuck and, between the women, Yours truly. Mats must have been taking the picture.
The Londoner Pub's October Fest in late September. The waitresses did themselves proud. Don't they look good enough to eat?
One more letter the Bangkok Post wouldn't print:
And, finally, let me leave you with this picture of a lovely Nana Plaza lady, sitting at Big Dogs waiting for some Romeo to sweep her off her feet.
In enjoying your latest half-monthly, I just now come across your:
"The other technique I use is what I call the 'one strike and you are out' rule" (with regards to the secret of your success with Thai women whereby other
guys often run into problems).
This "technique" of yours reminds me of the perpetual advice I received from all the Filipino guys when living and working there. Their advice was always, and it would always be the same word-for-word, no matter which Filipino it was coming from:
"If a woman gives you a bad time, then get rid of her" (with this implied: there are so many other girls in effect waiting in line to replace her).
And you say, "Speaking of living in Paradise and being surrounded by WAY too many beautiful, sexy, available women...," you take the words right out of my mouth. It's the same over a few klicks from the Thailand border in the country where I reside.
And finally, your service in the form of your website is greatly appreciated.
Best, Lewis Hanoi
Lewis, thanks for yours but I cannot take credit for the sage advice that you quote as that was from Khun Leigh. Not that I disagree, however. Cheers, Dean
Thanks for the submission. It was as entertaining as always. Here are a few comments about it --
Thai women are incredibly adept at "pulling on a man's heartstrings" (regarding khun Leigh's experience with the masseuse wanting to marry him).
Do you remember when I emailed you about one year ago and pointed out how Thai women's elbows can bend
inside-out when they are pressing their hands on a surface with their arms fully extended? Well, it
appears that Thai men can also do it as evidenced by the picture of the Thai man in the late 19th century
with the wing hair cut. (Seeing that gives my legs that strange, tingling feeling.)
"Illiterate? Write For Free Help."? Classic!
Ladyboy checklist features (in addition to your items in the September 15-30 submission --
1) Big feet
2) Hairy knuckles (hands or feet)
3) Naturally high cheekbones
4) Walks "too sexy"
5) "Too" tall
6) Ask another Thai woman
7) (I have a few others, but I haven't been to the LOS for so long that I don't remember them right now.)
I was going to include the idea of elbows bending inside-out, but from your picture of the late 19th
century Thai man with the wing hair cut, I realize that it doesn't differentiate men from women.
Chok Dee! Chico
Chico, believe it or not, I think that may be a woman you are talking about in that old photo, not a man. But it is a close call, no? Cheers, Dean
Links You Might Enjoy
A video of a five-minute walk down Soi Cowboy. Click here and then click "preview videos."
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Like to know what music is playing where in Bangkok each week? Try http://www.bangkokgigguide.com.
Like to know more in depth about what music is playing where in Bangkok each week? Try this great site:
Tired of shoveling snow? Check out Bangkok's sunshine.
Bangkok's weather report.
A great site for listening to Thai Morlan music and other folk music of Southeast Asia.
A bit of black leather never hurts. But she does.
Our Lady in Black
Like to learn a bit about retiring in Asia?
Maps of all the provinces of Thailand
Listen to RadioBangkok.net
Contact Direct Line for Travel Insurance in the UK
Links You Might Not Enjoy
T-Shirt Hell: for lovers of very black humor only.
Politically incorrect rants and raves from Uncle Fred.
Girlfriends looking for Taliban boyfriends.
Taliban Singles Dating Page
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So enter and win 3,000 baht in food and drink vouchers, second prize is a "I Support Single Moms" T-shirt, courtesy of Peter, PJ and Jason, third prize the usual Nada diddly-squat. As for last column's contest it was of course the Four Seasons Hotel on Rajdamri Road, Bangkok.
This column's prize is worth 3,000 baht in food and drink vouchers. Just be the first to tell me where the picture was taken. I mean from which bar? Careful, it can be a tricky one.
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Special Message for hypocritical, whining Muslims:
More news on "The Religion of Peace"
A wonderful video by a man in Great Britain fed up with Islam:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI5WoXpmPiM
The youth pastor who was leading the group of 23 South Korean aid volunteers in Afghanistan was killed for refusing to convert to Islam, the head pastor of the church revealed after the final 19 former hostages arrived home. And yet Muslims always claim there is no forced conversion in Islam. Yeah, right.
A "good" Islamic husband: Keep your wife on a chain. After all, the so-called holy Koran says women are inferior and are only worth half in inheritance. And, remember, under Sharia Law, as in Saudi Arabia (where Bibles and crosses and temples and churches are not allowed), if a woman is raped she must produce four male Muslim witnesses or else she herself can be jailed or killed. No female or Christian or Buddhist witnesses, of course, as they are not as pure as a Muslim in giving testimony. That, of course, shows what they truly think of woman and of us.
A cute song about Mohammad, child molester, just click here and it starts:
Homosexuality in Islam is punishable by death but pederasty is permissible.
Quran 52:24 Round about them will serve, (devoted) to them, young male servants (handsome) as Pearls well-guarded.
Also in Surah 76:19 Allah promises fresh youths to Muslim men.
And round about them shall go youths never altering in age; when you see them you will think them to be scattered pearls.
I apologize if the above picture is disturbing. It is indeed disturbing. But it would be more disturbing if no one spoke about it.
When Catholic priests molest children there is a law, there is a justice that holds them accountable. The Mullahs ARE the law, justice and the government. So they can do their shameful acts in public and who is going to stop them? - www.faithfreedom.org
How Islam Elevates Women
Iranian "religious" police harassing a guy for the way he is dressed
They mean it!
Adherents of the "Religion of Peace" say: Freedom of Expression Go to Hell!
The "Religion of Peace" Continues to visit Thailand
9/15/2007 (Pattani, Thailand) Two men are murdered in a drive-by shooting by Muslim radicals.
9/15/2007 (Pattani, Thailand) One local soldier is killed when Thai Islamists detonate a bomb.9/18/2007 ( Pattani, Thailand ) - A Buddhist is among two civilians killed by Islamic terrorists. 9/18/2007 ( Yala, Thailand ) - A school administrator is shot to death by Holy Warriors. 9/18/2007 ( Narathiwat, Thailand ) - A man is murdered by Muslim gunmen while escorting teachers to school. 9/23/2007 ( Pattani, Thailand ) - A young married couple are killed inside their home by Muslim gunmen. 9/23/2007 ( Pattani, Thailand ) - A 24-year-old female teacher is shot to death by Islamic radicals in her home.
Did you notice how quiet the world has been on the swift-as-lightning Israeli air raid on Syrian nuclear material as supplied by North Korea? But it was an amazing success. Click here.
Please read below to get an idea of the tolerance and loving kindness of Muslims:
"Some Islamic texts brand Muslims who convert to other faiths as 'apostates' and call for them to be punished. Seven of the world's 57 Islamic states - including Iran - impose the death penalty for conversion.
In 2004, Prince Charles asked British Muslim leaders to renounce laws of apostasy and the death sentence for converts in Islamic countries, but no public statement was ever made.
Dispatches obtained Islamic texts sold in Britain that say the punishment for apostasy is death - according to all four schools of Islamic jurisprudence. One text called for Muslims to cut off the head of those who reject Islam.
The radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which some in Britain want to see banned, states in its constitution that in countries that practise Sharia law, apostates are to be executed. Its message is disseminated on university campuses across Britain and has found a following among a minority of young Muslims.
A poll of more than 1,000 British Muslims, conducted by the Policy Exchange think-tank this year, found that 36 per cent of Muslims aged between 16 and 24 believe those who convert to another faith should be punished by death.
One convert interviewed for the programme told how his local Muslim community in Bradford closed ranks against him after he switched to Christianity. 'They told me categorically had I been in an Islamic country - Pakistan, Middle East - that they would actually be the first to chop off my head,' he said."
Muslims who want to convert to another religion are hiding out in several Muslim countries fearing for their lives. And of course Malaysia's highest court refused to recognize the conversion of a Muslim woman to Christianity, saying the case should be handled by the religious authorities. I fear this type of thing will be happening in southern Thailand if it isn't already. The Thai government will cave in to many Muslim demands in the name of peace and cultural sensitivity and will in fact if not in name have lost their three southern provinces. Turning the other cheek never works with Muslim fanatics.
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