Presentation at the 24 May webinar co-organized by CESNUR and HRWF. It was part of the events organized by NGOs for the 2021 United Nations World Day, which was commemorated on May 21.
The title of this conference is quite appropriate on this U.N. Day of Social Justice for enlightening the never-ending fight of Tai Ji Men for Justice.
At the core of Tai Ji Men is a call to change our hearth, help others, and bring peace and love to the whole world.
Dr. Hong’s teachings on the primacy of conscience also inspired Tai Ji Men’s campaign of prevention and awareness during the pandemic.
Thank you for giving me the floor on this important judicial day in Taiwan. I’m assuming that quite a number of people in Europe and North America watching this conference may not know the history of the Judicial Day commemorated in Taiwan.
The East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s 4th annual meeting featured a session on “New Religious Movements in Taiwan.”
The title of this conference “Education, Conscience and Tax Justice” is quite appropriate for Tai Ji Men’s never-ending fight for Justice, and all the speakers who have preceded me have abundantly illustrated the content of the book “Who Stole Their Youth?”
Tai Ji Men was accused of being a “cult” or a “religious fraud.” These labels do not mean anything and are used as tools to discriminate and persecute.
Words may be easily used to discriminate against religious or spiritual groups. There are examples even in music,
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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