Citizen to Citizen Diplomacy for Tai Ji Men

Taiwanese students in American universities and others who are in a position to help should be mobilized in favor of Tai Ji Men. by Stephen S. Enada* *A paper presented at the hybrid seminar “The Stolen Youth of Tai Ji Men,” co-organized by CESNUR and Human Rights Without Frontiers on August 8, 2022, in Walnut, … Read more

The Tai Ji Men Case Discussed at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting

Scholars argued that labels such as “cult,” “xie jiao,” or “religious fraud” have no real meaning and are used as tools for discrimination. by Alessandro Amicarelli The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) held in Los Angeles on August 6–8, 2022, its 83rd Annual Meeting. It opened with presenting to senior sociologist James T. Richardson … Read more

“Cults,” Music, and Discrimination

Words may be easily used to discriminate against religious or spiritual groups. There are examples even in music. by Susan Wang-Selfridge* *An in-session response to the papers presented by Holly Folk, Donald Westbrook and Rosita Šorytė in the session “‘Cults’: The International Return of a Dubious Category,” at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for … Read more

“Cults,” “Xie Jiao,” “Religious Fraud”: Misusing Labels and the Tai Ji Men Case

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. by Jeff Kuo* **An in-session response to the paper presented by Massimo Introvigne in the session “‘Cults’: The International Return of a Dubious Category,” at the 83rd Annual … Read more

EASSSR: Tai Ji Men Case Discussed by Leading Asian Scholarly Association

The East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion’s 4th annual meeting featured a session on “New Religious Movements in Taiwan.” by Daniela Bovolenta On 13 and 14 August 2022, the Department of Sociology of National Taiwan University hosted in Taipei the 4th annual meeting of EASSSR, the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of … Read more

Tai Ji Men, Religious Liberty, and the COVID-19 Crisis

Dr. Hong’s teachings on the primacy of conscience also inspired Tai Ji Men’s campaign of prevention and awareness during the pandemic. by Tsai Cheng-An* *A paper presented at Session 12, “New Religious Movements in Taiwan,” of the 4th annual meeting of EASSSR, the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Taipei, August 13, 2022. … Read more

Tai Ji Men as Victims of Violence

A webinar discussed different forms of violence against religious and spiritual movements and the Tai Ji Men case. by Daniela Bovolenta August 22, 2022, was the United Nations International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. CESNUR, the Center for Studies on New Religions, and Human Rights Without Frontiers … Read more