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Education, Conscience and Tax Justice Reflection on the Tai Ji Men Case in Taiwan
Via Tai Ji Men case study, seemingly democratic government needs education on conscience and tax justice to fully become a democracy.
A virtual forum with scholars from Russia and France, etc. talks about how we can use education of conscience and tax system to promote democracy.
The temptation of governments to persecute certain religious or spiritual groups is reaching extremes that we cannot allow. This siege is exercised by democratic governments as well as by dictatorial ones; by democratically elected governments as well as by unilaterally reelected ones; by those that swear on the Bible as well as by those that swear on a Constitution. The common denominator of this siege is that it is usually carried out against new religious groups or against the spiritual leaders of these groups.
The siege, which violates every human right fully recognized by the international instruments of the United Nations, is systematic, orderly, and permanent. It is constant and, above all, it is disguised as legality and respect for democracy and even human rights but is, in reality, religious persecution.
The instruments to carry out this persecution can be fiscal, through the imposition of taxes, the illegal auction and confiscation of land, as well as the freezing of accounts. It can also be mediatic, creating an unrealistic, often false and misrepresented image of the group's spirituality or religion. Or it can be silent, trying to erase from all news the information that reveals the persecution against a spiritual group.
This form of persecution acquires dramatic overtones in some latitudes of the planet, and neither the globalization of the media nor the social networks can reach the dimension of the violation of human rights or the hatred poured against religious and spiritual groups or leaders.
From this side of the world, what we call the Far East seems very distant. So distant that it does not exist in the news, nor in social networks, and little appears in academic studies related to the religious phenomenon. What is studied, on the other hand, by our sociologists of religion or scholars of the religious phenomenon, almost never deals with cases of persecution and hatred against new religious or spiritual movements.
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