Question by Overseas E: Was there a US court case involving Mount Zion’s New Testament Church and the ROC (Taiwan) government?
Mount Zion is located in the Shuanglienku area of Sanmin Township, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan. The community is situated in an area 600 meters above sea level and covers more than 100 chia (97 hectares) of land. In 1963, followers of the New Testament went with Hung Yiliya (also known as Hung San-chi), who they believed was a seer, to the area to begin cultivating the land. By 1980, the area had started to take shape.
Government agencies in Taiwan, however, have traditionally deemed the group an illegal organization. Conversely, the group views the Republic of China government as an illegal organization.
Rumor has it that the Mount Zion religious group took legal action in a United States court against the Republic of China, claiming that the ROC authorities had no jurisdiction over their activities. The group said that under international law, the sovereignty of Taiwan does not belong to the ROC.
Does anyone have details on this court case, and what the judges decided?
Answer by IR-student
I had a friend in the United States contact the Westlaw research service about this. The following is the reply he received.
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I am not allowed to run searches for credit card customers. You can try to find the case by title at the credit card site. However, I tried and had no hits for Taiwan and either “mount zion” or “new testament.”
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