On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, scholars and activists endorsed the proposal of a world day for prayer as an antidote to all violence.
Tolerance has become the fashionable sentiment of admitting to society those we loathe. But human dignity deserves more. Tai Ji Men deserves much more.
An appeal that gathered significant support asks the authorities in Taiwan to find a political solution for the 22-year-long case.
Tolerance is the first step towards freedom of religion or belief. It is imperative the Taiwanese government grants it to Tai Ji Men.
An old but wrong idea is that those with intolerant ideas should not be tolerated. In fact, we are all intolerant of something.
Controversies in the Catholic Church about tolerance and religious liberty may offer some guidance for the situation in Taiwan.
Tai Ji Men’s teaching on the crucial role of conscience offers a key that may make United Nations work.
Throughout the years, the role of coalitions gathering different NGOs has become increasingly important at the United Nations. An ad hoc coalition now supports Tai Ji Men
In 1795, Immanuel Kant proposed a conscience-based society of nations. The project quickly also found its opponents—as it happened to Tai Ji Men’s idea that world peace is inseparable from conscience.
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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