Universal principles of qualified tax immunity for spiritual organizations should be applied to the case of Tai Ji Men.
Fiscal persecution is a form of violence, while protests against fiscal tyranny are usually peaceful. What the Boston Tea Party can teach us about the Tai Ji Men case.
Dr. Hong Tao-Tze, the leader of Tai Ji Men, offered a unique contribution to the international promotion of world peace, including through resistance to persecution.
Human rights activists and academics also evidenced Dr. Hong’s contribution to peace education.
The Indian leader’s concept of satyagraha was originally developed in South Africa while protesting unjust taxes.
An important passage in the history of the Tai Ji Men case highlights the pioneer role of the Association of World Citizens.
Democracy requires an effective separation of powers and keeping bureaucrats in check. It did not happen in Taiwan.
When a country moves from a non-democratic to a democratic regime, past wrongdoings should be acknowledged and rectified. It is not easy.
On International Day of Democracy, lecturers from different countries explained why the case is a test for Taiwan’s democratic transition.
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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