The story of the lepers’ colony of Molokai, Hawai’i, shows that living together in peace is impossible when conscience is forgotten. The lesson also applies to the Tai Ji Men case.
The Tai Ji Men Case
The Tai Ji Men tax case in Taiwan is exemplary of how even democratic states can undermine freedom of religion or belief by using ordinary bureaucracy and taxation in an unfair and intimidating way.
In 2009, Taiwan incorporated the two human rights Covenants into its domestic law. On May 9–13 an international commission assessed their implementation—but some aspects were missing.
Scholars and dizi presented at an academic conference about freedom of religion or belief four papers on the repression of Tai Ji Men.
The American Senator fought both for religious liberty and tax reform. His lesson is relevant for the Tai Ji Men case.
At the Press Club Brussels Europe scholars and activists denounced tax harassment and media slander against the Taiwan-based movement.
Prosecutors often raid discriminated religious and spiritual groups and secure the complicity of the media to create a sort of baroque theater.
“Citizen diplomacy” is a two-edged sword. While ideologues can easily turn it into propaganda, Tai Ji Men offers a virtuous example of how it can effectively work.
The ancient sage Guiguzi is traditionally considered the first teacher to have operated a school of diplomacy, both for government officers and common citizen. His spirit lives in the citizen diplomacy of Tai Ji Men.
Two webinars celebrated the United Nations International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, focusing on Tai Ji Men’s activities for peace and their protests against injustice.