Taiwan: Muslims enraged at billboard for pork restaurant next to mosque, demand its removal

A pork knuckle restaurant in Taoyuan on Tuesday said that it would change its billboard showing its wares and a cartoon pig out of respect for its neighbor, the historic Longgang Mosque (龍岡).

The restaurant, which opened at Jhongjhen Market last month, sparked an outcry from mosque goers, who said that pigs are seen as unclean in their religion and the smell of pork is nauseating to them.

Taoyuan City Councilor Shu Tsui-ling (舒翠玲) said that her office had received multiple complaints about the sign since the restaurant opened.

After visiting the restaurant, she determined that the owner was unaware the sign could cause offense and secured their promise to remove it, Shu said.

The mosque’s prayer hall was established in 1964 by former fighters from Burmese and Cambodian guerrilla groups that were backed by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), who later settled in Taoyuan.

As the Taipei Grand Mosque was too far away, the community raised funds and built a prayer hall, which was expanded in 1989.

When asked to comment, one worshiper at the mosque said it is common knowledge that Muslims do not eat pork.

“While it is legal to open a restaurant, there was no need to put that billboard with the pig right next to the sign for the mosque,” they said.

“A lot of migrant workers pray at this mosque and this kind of behavior creates the impression that Taiwanese do not respect other religions,” they added.

The restaurant said it would change its billboard by the middle of the month.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2019/01/10/2003707681

 

‘Australian recruits have dwindled to virtually zero’: Scientology struggles in NSW

Scientology describes itself as the world’s fastest-growing religion but the organisation’s numbers in NSW are dwindling with the church reliant on overseas devotees, defectors claim.

The organisation has properties worth millions across the CBD, Chatswood and Dundas and in 2017, doubled its national revenue to nearly $40 million, the latest published financial records show. But it is struggling to find new recruits in Sydney, defector Paul Schofield said.

“Australian recruits have dwindled to virtually zero as media coverage and access to the Internet has ensured the truth about the cult is well-known here,” Mr Schofield said.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/australian-recruits-have-dwindled-to-virtually-zero-scientology-struggles-in-nsw-20190112-p50qzy.html

She Accused Him Of Rape. Text Messages Proved It Was A Lie.

A college student claimed she was forcibly raped by a man and reported him to police. Now she’s been arrested for filing a false accusation.

On December 16, 2018, Nikole P. Tucker reported that she had been forcibly raped by a man while in her dorm at the State University of New York (SUNY) Adirondack. Police responded and began investigating her claims. During the investigation, police discovered text messages between the 20-year-old Tucker and the man she accused, which proved the sexual encounter had been entirely consensual.

“The two had met through an online dating website, and he is not a student at the college. Tucker admitted she made a false report when confronted with evidence that belied her claims, authorities said,” according to a local report from the Post Star.

Police told the Post Star that Tucker “became upset with the man” after their consensual encounter and made up the rape claim.

The man she accused is not a student, so Tucker would not be able to accuse him through the school’s Title IX policy.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office charged Tucker with “misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting an incident and making a punishable false written statement,” according to the Post Star. She was arrested on December 27 but released pending prosecution in Queensbury Town Court. Her next court date is January 28.

Tucker is simply the latest in a long line of college women making false rape accusations. The most famous recent example is Nikki Yovino, who claimed two Sacred Heart University football players raped her. Yovino was arrested and charged with making the false accusations, and the innocent men she accused are now suing her and the school for allegedly suspending them over the accusations and revoking their scholarships (though the school denies this).

Another college student, Mary Zolkowski, claimed she was raped in the parking garage at Delta College, which was untrue. Lindsey Sweetin of the University of Arkansas also claimed she was sexually assaulted in a school parking garage, but her claim was proved untrue by surveillance footage.

Text messages have previously helped exonerate many men who were falsely accused, including multiple men in the United Kingdom. Liam Allen, for example, was under suspicion of rape for two years before the Crown Prosecution Service released thousands of text messages proving the sex was consensual and the woman made up the rape claims.

Women, we’re told, don’t lie about rape or sexual assault, even though the evidence contradicts this claim. When activists and supporters make this claim, it hurts victims because it’s an obviously false statement and it makes people suspicious of the next accuser. The claim also unfairly stereotypes and creates pressure against the men who are accused, leaving them in a cloud of suspicion even after they’re exonerated.

Women like Tucker often face little to no actual punishment for their lies, as false allegations — even of the serious crime of rape — are considered mere misdemeanors. Such lax punishment does nothing to deter future false accusers, thereby hurting actual victims who may be more difficult to believe.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/42104/she-accused-him-rape-text-messages-proved-it-was-ashe-schow