Just published: 'Religious Persecution raging in Campuses'
Just published: 'Religious Persecution raging in Campuses' (Nishin Hodo, edited by Tadashi Murou)
This book exposes unfair discrimination and suppression applied by university administrators across Japan in the pretext of 'countering cults' against those students who belong to campus clubs affiliated with new religious movements. The book calls for stopping such practices.
In particular, the book points out serious human rights violation against members of the Collegeate Association for Research of Principle (CARP), a student body affiliated with the Unification Church. Its author and journalist specialized in religion, Mr. Chu Murou, described the situation as "the unprecedented religious persecution, which will leave an indelible dark spot in Japan's history of religiion and higher education."
The real pictures of the persecution are shown in two parts: The first section integrated the six-part series which Mr. Murou had contributed to Monthly 'Zaikai Nippon'. The second section consists of three sessions of talks: a tripatite talk among Junichi Ishizaki, professor at the Kobe Gakuin University, Kazuhiro Yonemoto, reporter, and Mr. Muroo; a dialogue between Lawyer Fukumoto and Murou; a dialogue between Aileen Barker, Professor Emiretus of the London University, and Murou.
It is this publisher's wish that many more people will appreciate the true face of 'anti cult measures' which ignore even the most basic social norms with an excuse of 'Support for Students'.(end)