personally i don't know what to think about all of this. i will say i'm kinda glad it happened, and i think it's better it was done by such a popular and respected (by both Asian and non Asian Buddhists) monk so it cant just be chalked up to some unknown inexperienced monk trying to make a name for himself. being a monk isn't easy sometimes, I've known many monks and ex monks on a very intimate basis and there are things monks want to say or do, regarding things like this, or politics etc but they just cant. the Thai lay community ,especially overseas, can just turn on you, quit feeding you, write letters back to Thailand saying you're doing a bad job or worse. and I've said this before, unless the western lay sangha really starts picking up the tab it's the Thai lay sangha that is in control. so who really knows what is going on here? there are very few monks popular enough to just say and do what they want (think LP Boowa, or LP Buddhadasa both of whom are/were in positions not to worry too much about turning people off), maybe Ajahn Brahm feels he is in that position, and maybe he is? we will certainly find out now though.
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ
the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat