Once, rescuing slaves and returning them to their families was a worthy activity. Today, opposing FORB violations combats new forms of slavery.*
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.
The phenomenon of the gender gap in religion, i.e. that more women than men are “spiritual,” is unfortunately known also to persecutors.
The United Nations Day to eliminate violence against women was an opportunity to celebrate the brave female dizi who endured humiliations and suffering.
The road to rectifying past injustices in the ROC has proved bumpy. The Tai Ji Men case will be a significant test.
A background of Tai Ji Men’s origins, action, and mission, and a discussion of the Tai Ji Men case as a FORB problem.
Kafka’s novel “The Castle” and Merton’s criticism of bureaucracy describe a situation that is also at work in the Tai Ji Men case.
Much more than a simple tax or monetary question is a stake in the Tai Ji Men case.
U.N. documents and Lithuanian cases about transitional justice indicate a road that is relevant for Taiwan as well.
A webinar asked why Tai Ji Men, a movement internationally reputed for teaching tolerance, became itself victim of intolerance.