The main corrupt bureaucrats that have been persecuting Tai Ji Men for more than a quarter of a century in Taiwan are male. Perhaps it is not a coincidence.
Violence against women devotees of new spiritual movements is sometimes perpetrated by the governments themselves. Tai Ji Men female disciples react without losing their joy of living.
The relationship between violence against women and new religious and spiritual movements is more complicated than some media claim.
The Tai Ji Men case confirms that women tend to suffer more when freedom of religion or belief is denied. There are similar cases in Argentina.
An international webinar celebrated Tai Ji Men’s contribution to a world culture of tolerance, and asked tolerance for them in Taiwan.
Tai Ji Men’s spiritual teachings may prove more effective than UN statements in securing peace. Provided one condition is observed.
The path to tolerance has been slowly built through human history. More recently, Dr. Hong and Tai Ji Men decisively contributed to it.
Sometimes, tolerance is appreciated as a value and idea, but when it comes to practice it, it becomes less appealing. Some religious movements learned this the hard way.
Jews in 18th-century Hungary were humiliated and compelled to pay a “tolerance tax” to avoid expulsion. Some bureaucrats treated Tai Ji Men in the same way.
Calling for a Solution of the Tai Ji Men Case
We join Tai Ji Men in respectfully asking the government of Taiwan, whose commitment to democracy in a region plagued by non-democratic regimes we appreciate and applaud, to return through a political act the confiscated sacred land to Tai Ji Men and publicly confirm that, as Taiwan’s Supreme Court stated, they never violated the law nor evaded taxes.
It would be a small step for Taiwan’s government, but a crucial one to tell the world Taiwan is truly committed to freedom of religion or belief and to the protection of religious and spiritual minorities that were once persecuted by its authoritarian and post-authoritarian regimes.
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“The Tai Ji Men Case” web site is a project by Action Alliance to Redress 1219 whose aim is to collect and put at the readers’ easy disposal articles, documents, and videos—from academic studies to magazine articles—about the case of Tai Ji Men, a mempai (similar to a school) of qigong, martial arts, and self-cultivation headquartered in Taiwan, which has been victim of discrimination and persecution in its home country since 1996, and whose street protests have generated widespread international protests. Here you can find an exhaustive chronology of the case.
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