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Taiwan Church News

3273 Edition

November 17 - 23, 2014

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"Clean Election Blesses Our Children!", PCT Urges Anti Vote-Buying On November 29 2014

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

 

November 29 2014 will be Taiwan's nine-in-one super-election date for kinds of local government officials, including all municipal mayors, county magistrates, city mayors, municipal, county and city councilmen, township chiefs, ward chiefs, and aboriginal district chiefs.

 

PCT General Assembly, therefore, promotes the movement of "2014 Clean Election" from June 23 to November 29; offers three kinds of sticker in slogan - Clean Election Blesses Our Children, which are available free at PCT General Assembly Office at Taipei, PCT Mission Center in Kaohsiung and Taiwan Church Press in Tainan; organizes various seminars for clean election around the island, upholding the biblical warning: "A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live"(Proverb 15:27), encouraging PCT members to support the campaign for Anti Vote-Buying.

 

Rev. Lo Ren-quei, Moderator of the 59th PCT General Assembly, emphasizes that Christians should live a holy life as God is holy. And if we Christians could practice the anti vote-buying in this super-election, this will be a witness to God's holiness and a true action of loving Taiwan. If our vote could be sold as cash, in a same logic, Taiwan could be traded into the hands of China in the future. Rev. Lo says, election is a good mechanism to choose the good and talented to serve people, so we Christians should insist this good mechanism deliver a holy and clean election. Such action, to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God, will definitely enable the distinguished and trustworthy candidates to stand out for the people, invite God's blessings to be with us and fulfill the honorable common community on this wonderful island.

 

 

Rev. Hwang Zhe-hong, Director of PCT Committee of Church and Society, talks in straight that the vote buying in Taiwan has never been really improved. As the impending nine-in-one super-election could become a giant supermarket for vote-buying and partisan-benefits-manipulating, Taiwanese voters have to stand fast for a clean election and reject the temptation of vote-buying. Otherwise, the bitter fruits will be hard to swallow.

 

 

Rev. Omi Wilang, Secretary of PCT Indigenous Ministry Committee, critiques that current tools of vote-buying has become pluralized, not limited to cash only, but including different kinds of promises about office entitlements, land transfer, resources exchange and complicated negotiations among the complex of industrial-bureaucratic-academic relationships. Therefore, Rev. Omi Wilang, as an aboriginal pastor, urges the indigenous peoples not to sell the soul and the future of our children for only few hundreds or thousands dollars. We have to refuse vote-buying resolutely!

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Ko Wen-je (center in white shirt), Taipei City Mayor Candidate, takes photographs with Taipei Parents Association to show their support for a clean election and a better Taipei City.

 

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 

 
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Taiwan Church News

3272 Edition

November 10 - 16, 2014

Church Ministry

 

 

Taiwan Church Press And Tainan Theological College And Seminary Are Awarded Honor Of Distinguished Religious Organization

 

 

Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

 

 

On November 6, witnessed by Mayor Lai Chin-der, Tainan City Government announces her annual award toward 82 distinguished religious organizations and 10 bet supporting district offices recommended from all walks of lives in Tainan area. Tainan Theological College and Seminary (TTCS) is awarded the Distinguished Religious Organization from Interior Ministry Department; Taiwan Church Press (TCP) receives the Distinguished Religious Organization from Tainan City Government.

 

 

The main reasons why TTCS is awarded include: establishing scholarship to encourage poor students to realize the spirit of love; holding campus tours to preserve homeland historic sites and visions; holding community musical concert to inspire community youth.

 

 

Taiwan Church Press is awarded due to her influential and manifold news stories by Taiwan Church News, covering ecclesiastic and social welfare issues, especially focusing on up-to-date events, the oppressed and marginalized, social justice and environmental issues.

 

 

Rev. Tsai Cheng-dow, Chairman of Taiwan Church Press, receives this award from Mayor Lai Chin-der. Another two Christian churches are also awarded the honor of distinguished religious organization: they are Mei-hou Church and Cheng-kong Church.

 

 

Rev. Fan Lang-ting, President of Taiwan Church Press, affirms this prize can be awarded to Christian institutes in Tainan. This means, he says, the church ministry is evidently effective within our city. But, reminds Rev. Fang, the vision of church requires to be more revolutionary than this secular award. Someday, he wishes, PCT could raise an honorable award to evaluate the secular governments!

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Rev. Tsai Cheng-dow, Chairman of Taiwan Church Press, receives the Distinguished Religious Organization award from Tainan City Mayor Lai Chin-der on November 6, 2014.

 

Photo by Hwang Yi-lek


 
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Taiwan Church News

3272 Edition

November 10 - 16, 2014

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"Restore The Names Of Our Lands! Shame On Any Political Persecution From The Government!", ATIPP and Aboriginal Groups Protest Against Taiwan's National Police Agency Ministry

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

At 10:00 am on November 6, members of the Association for Taiwan Indigenous Peoples' Policy(ATIPP) together with several aboriginal civil groups, hold a press conference before National Police Agency Ministry of the Interior Department, protesting the politically implicated persecutions from Fong-lin police station and Hua-lien District Prosecutors Office for a graffiti paint in the early morning on October 19 asking for restoring the names of the aboriginal lands.

 

 

Accompanied by the volunteer lawyer from Judicial Reform Foundation(JRF), Ms Nakao Eki Pacidal, the protagonist of this paint graffiti, who is the former President of 02 Club in National Cheng Kong University(NCKU) and also a PCT youth, expresses sentimentally during the angry protest: I am sorry for I can only spray paints to restore our land's name, without tearing down the official plate of "Guangfu Township"!

 

 

Appealing to restore the aboriginal name to her home town, Ms Nakao Eki Pacidal went together with members of the Association of Fata'an and Tafalong, spraying slogans before the front gate of Guangfu Township Office of Hua-lien County in the early morning on October 19. The graffiti paints read: "Land Is Our Country", "Whose Guangfu(ie. retrocession)? Naming should be compliant to its Master!" and a binding spell of two tribes "Tafalong - Fata'an".

 

 

Rev. Omi Wilang, Secretary of PCT Indigenous Ministry Committee and also the representative of Indigenous Peoples Action Coalition of Taiwan(IPACT), strongly condemns the following political persecution filed from both Fong-lin police station and Hua-lien District Prosecutors Office toward the tribe members supporting the Association of Fata'an and Tafalong. "Guangfu Town?! This name has ever been discussed with the aboriginal local tribes. Not mention to be accepted with nods!".

 

 

Rev. Mayau Kumud, pastor of West-Amis Presbytery, who had been put in prison for his political campaign for restoring the aboriginal names on lands, passionately urged his Amis tribe fellows: "If we can not stop the destructive stigmatization from the unrighteous regime; if we, as elders of the Amis tribe, do not have a minimum courage to turn it over, it will be a regretful shame to enlist us as Amis in future."

 

 

Mr Lin San-jia, a volunteer lawyer from JRF, points out ROC government in Taiwan has the obligation to restore the aboriginal names to the restored lands according to The Indigenous Peoples Basic Law(IPBL). Contrasting the seemingly outrageous graffiti paints of Ms Nakao Eki Pacidal, which is actually complaint to the spirit of IPBL, many administrative measures of Ma Ying-jeou's KMT regime are obviously against national law, two most important international human rights treaties signed long ago and even the New Partnership Contract promised to the aboriginal people.

 

 

Wudu Mijian, President of ATIPP and member of PCT Tayal Presbytery, says that the Aboriginal Identity Movement to restore the aboriginal name is never a series of sporadically independent events. From the initiative of constitutional monarchy launched in June 2014 by the aboriginal civil groups, stopping the Chinese tourists group to spoil the indigenous tribal ceremony, till this graffiti painting event, all these actions from the aboriginal people call attention of the administrative power to respect their self-determination rights, substantially carry out IPBL and realize the ideal of transitional justice as early as possible.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

 

The Association for Taiwan Indigenous Peoples' Policy(ATIPP) together with several aboriginal civil groups, hold a press conference before National Police Agency Ministry of the Interior Department, at 10:00 am on November 6, 2014, Taipei, protesting politically implicated persecutions from Fong-lin police station and Hua-lien District Prosecutors Office for a graffiti paint in the early morning on October 19 asking for restoring the names of the aboriginal lands.

 

 

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 


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