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Sinister motives

What is Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) ? How did the “persecution” of Falun Gong occur in China —— “Li claims abnormal powers, grown by precision with devout masters in the plateau from his youth; his book, Zhuan Falun (“Turning the Law Wheel”), posits which he can provide disease some-more effectively than medicine, and can telekinetically make the falun, or law wheel, in to the abdomens of his followers, where it soaks up and releases energy as it spins (other ideology attributed to Li have been which he can fly, which Africa has a dual billion-year-old chief reactor, and which aliens invaded Earth about a century ago, introducing complicated technology; one type, he told Time magazine, “looks similar to a human, but has a nose which is done of bone”).”

“Falun Gong looks, acts and smells similar to a cult with showy conceivable domestic ambition, not to discuss the interplanetary stuff. The thought which it is merely an old ladies’ practice organisation is disarming and disingenuous, notwithstanding the bona fide participation of supporters who find health-restoring practice regimes. Cults flower on pulling in domestic innocents who have been afterwards used as pawns in a incomparable domestic struggle.” —————- some-more sum at “Sinister Motives might slink in sect” by Phillip Cunningham http://www.blythe-systems.com http://www.rickross.com AP Article: http://www.rickross.com An glorious pick up of articles connected with the Falun Gong: http://www.rickross.com Read on top of articles, afterwards decider for yourself.

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/puop/201009/t117675.htm

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China’s Falun Gong

It’s a tightrope the Chinese government would rather not walk, with the sensitive 10th anniversary of Tiananmen Square just gone by. Falun Gong, however, is pressing its own issues with communist leaders. The sect, a popular quasi-religious movement gaining followers worldwide, desires official recognition and respect. This has precipitated a power struggle that has tensions rising.

After being caught off guard by the emerging movement’s 25 April 1999 ten-thousand-plus-member sit-in — a silent but illegal and audacious protest at the government compound in Beijing — the Chinese Communist Party leaders took immediate measures to monitor the sect more closely and to keep its activities under control. On July 22 the government announced a ban on the practice of Falun Gong, asserting that it is a threat to political order. The Chinese media broadcast the official report to the public, charging Falun Gong with promoting “superstitious, evil thinking.” The People’s Daily in China declared, “We should be highly vigilant against superstition for it may confuse our thinking, undermine our fighting will, shake our beliefs and destroy our cohesiveness.”

The movement’s response? Widespread silent sit-in protests by the Falun Gong faithful in several major cities in China. The government’s retaliation? Arrests and indictments of leaders, detainment of protesters, and, after a fresh wave of protests broke out in October, the official labeling of Falun Gong as an illegal cult.

Followers of Falun Gong include not only the poor, who believe communism has left them with no hope in Chinese society, but also the educated and even members of the Communist Party. Followers are frustrated and feel misunderstood, claiming that they are not interested in political power, just in being recognized as a legitimate religious entity permitted to practice their beliefs. These beliefs, they say, include morality, marital fidelity, and physical exercise, as well as the overriding principles of truth, compassion, and forbearance. Such things can only be good for a society, contend Falun Gong adherents.

FALUN GONG: FITNESS CRAZE OR NEW FAITH?

Even before stepping into China’s political limelight, Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa) attracted a good deal of public attention, since its inception in 1992. Its popularity has steadily grown at a grassroots level, not only in China, but also in countries such as Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and the United States. With the movement surrounded by so much political controversy in China and so much popular interest worldwide, onlookers wonder what Falun Gong is about. It is a simple query that defies a simple answer.

For many who adhere to its exercise regimen and moral standards, Falun Gong is merely a means of fitness and self-improvement. “We don’t worship anyone. We don’t have any rituals. Everyone’s free to come and go, and we don’t have an organization as such,” Australian practitioner Caroline Lam told a reporter. For Lam and others who meet to go through the set of five prescribed exercises (which include slow, controlled movements as well as breathing techniques), their adherence to Falun Gong is sustained by the stress relief and health benefits they’ve realized.

The movement’s founder said, “We are ordinary members of society….It’s only that we get up early to do our exercises. We are a popular mass exercise movement.” Yet it would be a mistake to define Falun Gong as simply a health-and-fitness craze.  The philosophy behind the exercises and moral code reveals a deeper significance. Purportedly rooted in Buddhist and Taoist teachings, Falun Gong (fa meaning “law” or “principle”; lun meaning “wheel”; and gong denoting “cultivation energy”) has been rendered “Buddhist Law” in English. It is not really Buddhism, however. It is more closely tied to the ancient Chinese practice of qigong (pronounced CHEE-goong), which is a form of Taoism combining personal discipline (morality, meditation, and breathing exercises) with attainment of spiritual energy or life force. (Qi is generally translated as “life force.”)

Serious practitioners of Falun Gong seek to tap into the life force qi and thereby move toward enlightenment. They do this by cultivating the falun or “law wheel” within them. This “law wheel” is believed to be a minireplica of the universe itself, spinning in sync with the universe and absorbing universal energy while purging the body of its bad elements. Access to the inner falun (said to be located in one’s lower abdomen, the psychic center of the body) is sought through cultivating one’s mind and body. Falun Gong emphasizes cultivation of XinXing or “the mind nature,” with the goal of bringing it in line with Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance), believed to be “the supreme nature of the universe.” (“Cultivation” is a frequently used term for the practice of Falun Gong.)

According to the movement’s founder and revered leader, Li Hongzhi, benefits of Falun Gong range from reversing the aging process and being healed of chronic illness to supernormal abilities such as seeing through matter with a “third eye.” It’s an appealing list of perks and powers, obtainable by simple means, and available to anyone — for free, if one wishes to download the Falun Gong texts from the Internet or attend one of its public seminars.

While it is clear that Falun Gong is more than an exercise regimen, there is disagreement as to whether it can truly be classified as a religious movement. A closer look at Li Hongzhi, his teachings, and the practices of Falun Gong may help clarify the issue.

QIGONG MASTER LI HONGZHI: THE MAN BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

Li Hongzhi, who claims to have been sent to earth by a supreme being, did not want to discuss the issue with Time magazine in a recent interview, saying, “I don’t wish to talk about myself at a higher level. People wouldn’t understand it.” Yet to understand the nature of Falun Gong, one must start with its leader.

He was born in 1951 in Changchun, Jilin, a northeastern Chinese province. “As a teenager during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76),” one writer points out, “Li would have had little or no formal education as schools and universities were closed down and the youths sent to the countryside to experience peasant life.” Li said his first job was that of a musician, playing trumpet for a traveling group of performers, after which he worked in a state-run grain bureau. His résumé also includes ex-soldier, accomplished sword fighter, and martial arts master, the latter two of which he learned in the most influential arena of his life, qigong.

Li claims to have begun study of qigong at age four in China’s mountains, sitting under masters of the ancient Chinese tradition and absorbing their teachings. He continued his education with the masters until he developed his own brand of qigong. “Li said he was chosen by his mentors to receive the principles of what has since become the Falun Dafa ideology. Why him? ‘Maybe the masters thought I was good enough,’ [Li said].” Apparently, his teachings and ways carry unparalleled significance, as he claims to have a spiritual authority superior to that of Muhammad, Buddha, and Jesus (who Li says was also a Buddha). Li says a “supreme being” commissioned him to come to earth and save humanity from its corrupted morals and from the technological evils of science.

Li founded his sect and began teaching its principles in 1992. Capitalizing on a renewed interest in Qigong during the past quarter century, especially among university students and the unemployed, Li launched Falun Gong, which quickly grew into a major movement. The Chinese government soon pressured the popular Li to curb his activities. Li decided then — sometime between 1994 and 1996 (reports vary) — to move to the United States, where American devotees warmly received him. Li conducted his first Falun Gong seminar in Houston on 12 October 1996. He resides in Manhattan and lives on the royalties from his books.

Followers consider his writings sacred, particularly his main text, Zhuan Falun (Spinning the Wheel of Law), which was published in 1994. It is a compilation of Li’s teachings for guiding the cultivation of individuals in “truth of the cosmos.” An advertisement for the practice of Falun Dafa claims, “A genuine practitioner will have natural gain without craving for it. All of the cultivation energy and all Law are in the Book, and one will naturally obtain them by reading the Great Law through….No matter how many books of scriptures are published, all are materials of assistance to Zhuan Falun. It is only Zhuan Falun that is genuinely guiding cultivation.”

This authoritative and exclusive tone permeates Li’s teaching. “In regards to your cultivation, you need a master who protects you and cares about you,” he says of himself. He warns about other spiritual leaders, asserting that many humans are merely demons reincarnated, even masquerading as monks. “Especially in Taiwan many famous monks or lay Buddhists are actually demons,” Li writes. He accuses other qigong masters of being “possessed with foxes or yellow weasels, and some with snakes.” Elsewhere he says, “Sham qigong and fake qigong masters and those possessed by spirits…outnumber the genuine so many times it is hard to tell the genuine from the fake.”

Since Li’s teachings supposedly lead to better health and rejuvenation, as well as supernormal powers, medicine is only for those who do not properly believe. He forbids followers to seek medical attention, claiming that they can be restored to health by reading his books. Practicing Falun Gong allegedly has the power to smooth away wrinkles, return gray hair to its original color, restore menstrual cycles to postmenopausal women, and cure tuberculosis. “Your diseases will be eliminated directly by me,” Li writes. Followers may even gain the ability to levitate and see into the future: “There is a mirror in the position of one’s forehead….When one is about to develop the power of remote sight, the mirror will keep turning over.”

Li claims that he has the power to implant in his followers the falun or law wheel. As they follow his exercises, immerse themselves in his teachings, and meditate, they are able to tap into the power of the life force, purging their spirits of the evil karma so prevalent in the world and unleashing their potential for a new kind of energy.

This world, according to Li, is a dumping site for the garbage of the cosmos. “Anything that is bad falls down here,” he told followers at a gathering in Australia. Li talks about the “tremendous decline of the human morality….Take a specific instance, to become a musician or a singer in the past, one had to go through training to acquire singing techniques in addition to understanding music theories. But now a person with a bad-looking appearance and messy long hair will stand on the stage, screaming with much effort…[T]he loud noises have entered the hall of great elegance. The blind or the lame as well as people of ugly appearance have all become singing stars with hoarse voices with the help of the radio and TV promotions.” Given this statement, it should come as no surprise that modern art and rock and roll are pet peeves on Li’s list of societal evils. Other corruptions he identifies are more traditional moral issues such as drug abuse, homosexuality, and marital infidelity.

Mixed in with this naming of evils in the earthly realm is Li’s identification of threats from worlds beyond. In his interview with Time, he talked about the effect of extraterrestrials on society: “One type of alien looks like a human but has a nose made of bone,” he said, while noting that others are ghostlike in appearance. Li disclosed that they showed up on earth sometime around 1900. “Everyone thinks that scientists invent on their own,” he continued, “when in fact their inspiration is manipulated by the aliens….In terms of culture and spirit, they already control men.” The intent of these aliens, according to Li, is to displace humanity with clones.

This view explains in part why Li is critical of science and technology. He decries television and other modern technological developments, and yet, ironically, it is through the Internet that his books and seminars have been widely publicized. Moreover, it has been via the Internet and cellular phones that his followers in China have been surprisingly adept at organizing and staging protests.

Li sees the modern world with its moral decay — along with the evils of science — as headed for disaster, except for those who look to Falun Gong for salvation. Hinting at the coming destruction, he writes, “The universe in which we now live is a reconstructed entity after nine catastrophic explosions. The planet we inhabit has already experienced destruction many times.” Li claims to have been sent to save humanity from its plight. He alone knows the “truth of the cosmos” and what lies ahead. Only by the enlightenment he has received can one escape disaster. “The future looks bleak except for those who purify themselves with Falun Gong and who work to achieve a higher plane.

In Li’s view, the races are not to be intermingled. Mixed-race children, he notes, are a symptom of societal decline. A race has its own particular “biosphere,” and whenever children are born of a mixed-race relationship, they are “defective persons.” Li contends that heaven itself is segregated. “Anybody who does not belong to his race will not be cared for. I do not just say that. It is really true. I am revealing the secret of heaven to you.”

SPECTRUM OF PRACTICE

From those who practice the exercises of Falun Gong merely for stress relief and fitness to those who pore over Li’s Zhuan Falun looking for spiritual guidance and enlightenment, there is a common thread: a desire for self-improvement. One practitioner in New Jersey summed up her attraction to the movement: “It’s a way of upgrading one’s physical condition and moral character. Basically, I would say, it’s a way of life.”

In China years of atheistic communism have left a spiritual vacuum and the desire for a traditional form of spiritual practice. Perhaps these factors will keep Falun Gong more popular there than in Western culture. Nevertheless, its fundamental appeal seems universal. The positive public face of Falun Gong and the promise of self-improvement are huge selling points in North American culture (e.g., the tremendous market for self-improvement books and videos) that attract the casual, surface practitioner. Li’s philosophy and teaching, however, are intrinsic to the regimen. The exercise instruction recorded and set to background music contains “repeated references to obscure Buddhist deities and one long segment in which students move an imaginary ‘law wheel’ around their bodies. The goal…is to get this wheel, with its purported healing powers, to take up residence in the abdomen.”

One Chinese woman echoed the sentiments of many when she said, “I don’t know if there’s a wheel in the stomach. All I know is that I feel better.” Many experience such benefits as improved mobility and relief from allergies and chronic headaches.

Once one begins to take in the teachings and ideology of Falun Gong, deeper, more esoteric appeals to self-improvement are introduced. Those who are further along in the program testify that Falun Gong allows a person to

· “Open up all the energy channels in the body.”

· “Attain wisdom and enhance one’s energy level.”

· “Mix and exchange the energy from both the cosmos and human body to rapidly purify the body.”

· “Circulate energy smoothly throughout the body.”

· “Attain clear and pure mind, to strengthen supernormal powers and to increase energy potency.”

Convinced of the effectiveness of Falun Gong on one level, one goes readily to the next level of searching out the teachings behind the exercises. One must then take what looks like a great leap of faith. Since true devotees are forbidden to seek out medical treatment, even when seriously ill, their only thread of hope for survival is their faith in Li. Unfortunately, for some, that has not been enough. “Followers are prohibited from consulting doctors when sick,” reports Inside China, quoting a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “As a result, some have died, while others have become insane from practicing qigong.”

Most followers dismiss such stories as false or far-fetched. There are tens of millions, in fact, who would agree with one of the movement’s leaders when he said, “This is the most real practice I’ve found. It’s what I’ve been looking for my entire life.”

One need go no further than the Internet to find not only Li Hongzhi’s writings (translated into several languages), but also information about getting his video and audio tapes. Radio stations in North America air the reading of Zhuan Falun, and seminar and exercise group announcements are also on the Net. There is no doubt — Falun Gong has arrived.

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED?

Many Westerners have questioned why the Chinese government has been relentlessly hostile toward Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong. On 28 July 1999, Ted Koppel began his telecast of Nightline by commenting:

Here’s the problem: The Chinese government does not have a very good reputation for openness, nor, to be blunt, do they deserve one. They are secretive — sometimes to the point of paranoia, and they tend to be repressive in the face of even the slightest dissent. So when we in this country hear stories of the Chinese government cracking down on what is consistently being described as a perfectly harmless movement that has its roots in Buddhism, believes in meditation, deep breathing, stylized exercise, we tend to take that at face value; that is, after all, just the sort of reaction we would expect from the Chinese government. Only as Henry Kissinger once famously observed, “Even paranoids have enemies.” And this time the Chinese government may, in fact, have something legitimate to be worried about.

In the view of the Chinese government, several factors make Falun Gong a genuine threat: (1) the number of Chinese who practice the teachings of Li Hongzhi is quite possibly greater than that of the total membership of the Chinese Communist Party; (2) some adherents of Falun Gong are card-carrying Communists, even generals within the Chinese military; (3) Falun Gong’s enrollment includes thousands of people in the West as well, and Li and his family reside in Manhattan (the Chinese government views such contacts outside of China with utmost suspicion); (4) the spiritual teachings of Li are certainly incompatible with the atheistic doctrine of Chinese communism; (5) the increasingly numerous mass demonstrations staged by Falun Gong leaders have disrupted social order and have forced confrontations with the government; (6) the fact that Falun Gong thrives on the hope for self-improvement and happiness among the growing number of losers in the Chinese communist experiment provides further evidence that this experiment has failed; and (7) the rise of Falun Gong is reminiscent of seemingly innocuous spiritual movements of the past that quickly grew into powerful political forces that eventually toppled existing dynasties.

People outside China should also be wary of this global movement. Despite the marketing of Falun Gong as a way to good health, moral living, and inner happiness, the central tenets of Li’s teachings should alarm most North Americans. Great strides toward racial harmony have occurred in the latter half of the twentieth century. Li’s doctrine of racial purity and the segregation of the races (even in heaven) is a backward teaching that should offend all Americans who have worked toward understanding and better relations among the many diverse ethnicities in North America. What about those children who are products of mixed marriages? Either they must be excluded from the physical, social, and spiritual benefits of Falun Gong or Li must severely amend his original teachings. Either way, something is terribly amiss about Li’s doctrine on the races.

Countless North Americans have flirted with a wide variety of spiritual disciplines from different religious traditions, predictably tiring of one and then moving on to something new, yet still embracing the belief that all religions basically teach the same truths. For increasing numbers, Falun Gong is the current spiritual fad. Do they realize that Li insists that only faithful obedience to his teachings will bring true enlightenment and salvation to a seeker of ultimate truth? Li emphasizes the distinctiveness of his doctrine when he states, “Falun Dafa is completely different from traditional cultivation [religion] ways in theory, and from internal alchemy theory in various systems and schools.” Practitioners of Falun Dafa are required to obey the first rule of Li Hongzhi: “No one is allowed to propagate other religions in the name of practising Falun Dafa.”

For eclectics who indulge in selective elements of various religious traditions, Li’s dogmatic teachings must be disconcerting. Nevertheless, the marketing of Falun Gong is really no different from the public banners that are waved in the long parade of religious movements that have appeared in our society in recent years, who promise good health and mental enrichment, but whose promises actually veil their esoteric assertion that they are the only way to ultimate truth. It is most apparent in the teachings of Li Hongzhi. Although adherents of Falun Gong readily tell people that Li’s teachings are just what the doctor ordered, in fact, what Li prescribes are bitter pills to swallow for most Americans.

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

The last of the 13 “Basic Requirements and Points of Attention for Practicing Falun Gong” contain some eerie words from Li: “If you are interfered with by some terrifying scenes or feel threatened, just say to yourself: I am protected by my Master. I am not afraid of anything. You may chant the name of Master Li, and continue with your practice.” Although the statement is intended to reassure Falun Gong practitioners of Master Li’s protection while they practice his prescribed exercises, they reveal two realities about Li and his spiritual disciplines. First, contact with spirit beings (i.e., demons) is a real possibility when one engages in Li’s exercises. Second, from the Christian perspective it is clear that Li himself has some connection with the domain of darkness. If North Americans in general should be distressed with Li’s teachings, Christians should be even more disturbed with the occult nature of his exercises.

As we’ve seen, many critics of Falun Gong point to Li’s aversion to modern medicine, which they claim has caused the death and insanity of many adherents of Falun Gong. Christians should be concerned not only with this alarming belief but also with Li’s teaching on the supernormal power that supposedly dispels all physical disorders. One receives this power when Li opens a practitioner’s “Celestial Eye” that is “the main channel…located between the middle of the eyebrows and the pineal body.” “We usually see with our physical eyes. It is these very two eyes that serve as a screen and block our passage to other spaces. We can only see what exists in our physical world. Opening the Celestial Eye enables us to see without using the two eyes. After reaching very high level cultivation, one will acquire a True Eye….I will open your Celestial Eyes straight to the plane of the Wisdom Eye Sight.” Indeed, “I am here to open the Celestial Eye on a large scale.” Those familiar with New Age occultism will note the similarity between the “Celestial Eye” and the “Third Eye.” Both promise to provide the true believer with esoteric knowledge and occult powers.

“I especially impart the Great Way of Buddha Cultivation,” Li says, “which I had got awakened to through innumerable ages in the past.” If we are to believe Li, then, he is an extraordinary human being — perhaps more divine than human. The apostle Paul would view Li Hongzhi quite differently, affirming only Christ as the One who provides true wisdom and salvation. Paul said of false teachers in his day: “Evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).

While Li Hongzhi disdains our world as the “trash can of the universe” where all corruption is deposited, the compassion of Jesus Christ compelled Him to embrace the suffering of this fallen world and die miserably on a cross in order to reconcile us with our Creator. “For Christ died for sins once for all,” exclaimed the apostle Peter, “the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Pet. 3:18). Jesus loved and died for the people who dwell in the “trash can of the universe” — even “the blind or the lame as well as people of ugly appearance.” It is the kind of love that is incontrovertibly absent in the teachings of Li Hongzhi.

Christine Dallman is a freelance author in the Seattle area, writing materials for the adult Christian education and general Christian/inspirational markets. J. Isamu Yamamoto is a general editor for Publications International, Ltd., in Chicago.

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/Voice/201009/t117600.htm

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Few days ago, I had to meet up with my colleague @ Jalan Raja Session Court. While on my way there, I saw a group of ladies promoting the controversial Falun Gong cult. They set up a banner depicting images of bruised bodies and torture. Next to it was a lady doing some Tai Chi moves. The police didn’t remove them although a police car was parked next to them.
 
I was immediately given a brochure and a VCD. I took it without hesitation and left the place immediately. I have seen these Falun Gong members when I was in Seoul and Amsterdam. In Seoul, I saw police officers removing them.
 
wow! it comes with a CD!
 
After watching the case with my colleague, I passed the Falun Gong gang again. This time round a Chinese lady approached me.
 
Lady: Ni kei yi chiang hua yu ma?? (Can you speak Mandarin???)
Me: err.. No…
 
(then I saw the banner)
 
Me: ehhh.. wo kei yi na zhau pian ma??? (can I take a picture???)
 
Damn.. I blew my own cover.
 
These moves will somehow turn them into ultraman.
 
Lady: Ni shi lu shi ma? (Are you a lawyer?)
 
Me: Shi.. (yes)
 
Lady: Can I have your name card???
 
Damn.. no offence but I don’t want unknown people preaching about cult and religion to me via the phone.
 
Me: wo mei yiu dai wo de namecard (I didn’t bring my name card)
 
I walk off quickly.
 
Falun Gong encourages sadomasochism (SM) as well? It actually an illustration of tortures administered on Falun Gong members in China.
 
In 2001 the Malaysian Government decided not to approve the Falun Gong Preparatory Committee’s application to register as a legal organization. However, the Government has not prevented Falun Gong members from carrying out their activities in public.
 
About the website:

http://www.xes.cx is a blog maintained by a young Malaysian lawyer. This blog focuses on lifestyle, travel, food, nightlife, rock climbing and generally humour based entries. Since its inception in 2001, numerous guestbloggers – all with different background and speciality – made their mark on this website.
 
This blog started off as a personal blog – with accounts of the lawyer’s days as student in university and his travels around the world. It then evolved into a night life blog and subsequently to what it is today.

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/puop/201009/t117301.htm

 

 

 

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The Falun Gong show

They’re protesting Bush’s reception of the Chinese prez Hu Jintao, but just who the hell are the Falun Gong? New Yorkers know them well. They travel in packs and picket 42nd Street so far west they’re practically in, well, China. (I know it’s east, but it’s west, too, if you go far enough.) This group of Chinese spiritualists has protested in Manhattan for years, trying to gain attention for their plight—their brethren are not treated well in Communist China (shocker)—while at the same time refusing to get out of your way. At first, I was wholly sympathetic. But the Falun Gong are obnoxious. One woman literally followed a co-worker up into our office to force literature on her (she is Taiwanese-American), and even came back after I sent her away the first time—not quite believing me that my co-worker did not care to receive her. They have worn out their welcome in New York, and that is a hard thing to do in a city so liberal that even its Republicans turn Jerry Falwell’s stomach. I only recently, thanks to my friend Gordon Wallace, learned something more about the Falun Gong—that they think homosex is a major no-no, and that it brings you down (funny, it tends to perk me up). I guess this makes them my enemy.

But then again, what religion doesn’t find homosex to be a sin or whatever equivalent they have? None of the big ones. I can’t very well loathe a garden-variety Christian just because strict Christianity finds gay people to be sinners by  nature. But doing some more digging on Falun Gong, I’ve discovered that they’re not some ancient, persecuted religion—they’re just a bunch of whack-jobs who happen to come from a civilization with ancient roots. They believe in clearing your mind with meditation…and I’m afraid that aliens are involved. In short, these are nothing but Chinese Scientologists without so much Kirstie Alley, and for this THEY MUST DIE.
(Not really, but it does sort of put their unfair torturing a ways down on my list of things to care about for two seconds every day.) If someone would like to inform me why I should not be glib about the Falun Gong, I am very open to hearing it—I would hate to be the asshole who’s making Jewish jokes in the late ’30s before realizing that Hitler is the real deal. But speak of the Fuhrer, the Falun Gong have incorporated a swastika into their little group insignia. Granted, I know that symbol has other, more ancient, less evil meanings. But dude, your organization was formed in 1992, so show some common sense. Even Tom Cruise knows better than that.

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/puop/201009/t117170.htm

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Not forgotten

I am deeply disturbed by a letter on your Web site, “Never forget,” which is about the Beijing Olympics promotion in the Pasadena Rose Parade.

First, as an immigrant from China, I must insist that I am no fan of the Chinese Communist Party. I was in the streets during the tragic summer of 1989.

However, the accusations made in the letter that the Beijing Olympics is promoting CCP killings, that the CCP had killed more people than the Nazis and that live organ harvests are being performed on Falun Gong members, are totally inappropriate or complete lies.

In particular, the so-called Falun Gong movement is a complete scam that infested the US media with lies upon lies that are designed to incite an uninformed audience.

As early as 1998, the Chinese Internet community — most of us are students in foreign universities — launched a grassroots movement AGAINST the so-called Falun Gong movement. The believers worship a person (Li Hongzhi), who lives in New York, and call him their God.

Buddha, Mohammed and Jesus — yes, YOUR Jesus — are merely low-power existences compared to him. The list goes on, but most disturbingly he taught his believers not to seek medical help, saying illness is him punishing (or testing) them.

Back in early 1998, we — many Chinese students and professionals in foreign countries — started condemning this ridiculous cult under the veil of “religion” on Web sites and at forums. Later that year, a gang of Falun Gong believers beat up the chief editor of Tianjin Children’s Science Newspaper for publishing an article in which Falun Gong was mentioned as an unhelpful practice for science education. The Falun Gong members even used their connections to force the beaten man to publicly apologize for his publication.

All the above things are unknown to Western readers, as obviously demonstrated on your Web site. The US public only started to hear Falun Gong’s side of the stories after the Chinese government started a criminal investigation of Li, the god. Since he immigrated to the US, the investigation went nowhere.

And they did a terrible job in the crackdown on Falun Gong, a failure only exceeded by Bush’s war in Iraq.

As for the allegation that the government is conducting live organ harvests, that is just a blatant lie.

In 2000, a series of pictures were circulating over the Internet depicting two Chinese police officers torturing a female Falun Gong member. This was published in the US news media.

What US media forgot to follow up on was the fact that the Chinese government later detained all three people in the picture: a husband-wife-brother team. They rented a desolate warehouse and started their own torture-picture program.

I want to conclude by saying that Beijing has many problems, including human rights, the environment, you name it. But to depict Falun Gong members as “political dissidents” … oh, please.

text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/Reports/World/201009/t117130.htm

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1. Peter says:
June 26, 2010 at 08:46

Hi Lloyd,

I’ve read some of your posts involving Falun Gong. First, I think your posts raise issues, but are not substantial enough, beside the fact that you link to sites very negative and critical of Falun Gong (the sort of sites that bread hate-mongering). Anyway, I have been a lurker on a lot of blogs dealing with Falun Gong for a long time, and I decided to join in the conversation.

I feel similar to you and the article in the Buffalo newspaper, in that I don’t think the promoters of the show are forthright in telling prospective ticket buyers of the content of the show. But, I don’t think that has anything to do with the quality of the show. The singers, dancers, costumes, music, are all good in my opinion. And I feel that the performance comes from the perspective of goodness. The problem seems to be in the marketing.

My own opinion is that the promoters mean well, but are amateurs at promoting. I think they want people to see a good show, and learn a little bit about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. People have become very suspect of anything related to Falun Gong over the years. I think this stems from the initial presentation of Falun Gong over ten years ago, as being something terrible. This negative campaign still continues. So practitioners are hesitant to mention it outright, for fear of people’s reactions. They should overcome this fear.

I too initially made comments to friends when approaching Falun Gong booths, saying something like, “watch out for them, they are a banned cult in China.” Over three years of honest research into Falun Gong, including direct contact with the teachings, news reports, Chinese mainlanders and practitioners, has lead me to believe that the practitioners really just want to be left alone to practice, and have been dragged into the world spotlight reluctantly. Didn’t the Jews have a hard time before WWII getting people to believe they were being persecuted? I choose to adopt a more broad minded viewpoint, and give practitioners the benefit of the doubt. They just want the world to see that they have good hearts.

2. Lloyd Lofthouse says:
June 26, 2010 at 09:20

From research, I learned that Falun Gong walked into the global spotlight when they had 10,000 people show up unannounced outside of Communist Party headquarters in Beijing protesting something that had been published in China’s official government media about Falun Gong. Shortly after that, China cracked down on the Falun Gong generating global press and sympathy in favor of Falun Gong, which is the usual case in China.

It would have cost hundreds of millions of dollars to buy media attention like that. By staging that demonstration in a country like China where anyone could have predicted the reaction from China’s government gave the leader of Falun Gong exactly what he wanted–global attention and sympathy, which I’m sure resulted in a river of money and support.

This well organized demonstration was something unexpected and China’s government reacted as they always do to anything that looks subversive or the beginning of a movement that might lead to revolution similar to the Taiping Rebellion and other religious/cult like rebellions in the past.

You claim they “want to be left alone” but their behavior says otherwise. People who want to be left alone do not organize mass demonstrations in a country like China that has a history of movements like this turning into rebellions where tens of millions have died like the Taiping Rebellion and several other movements that started out peaceful and turned bloody.

Instead, I believe that the Falun Gong leadership organized that mass demonstration on purpose so the world would notice them and to gain sympathy since it seems everyone who rebels against China’s government gains help from the West.

In fact, after reading your response, I believe you are a member of Falun Gong and what you wrote is a script. I’m sure that there is a small army of Falun Gong members that sit in front of computer screens monitoring anything that pops up on the web about Falun Gong and the defense is a comment like yours. I attended a Falun Gong stage event and it was propaganda 100%. Yes, beautiful costumes but the music and the staged event all supported Falun Gong and what I saw was a living definition for a mind control cult worse than the Communist Party.

The flaw in your defense of Falun Gong is the claim they “want to be left alone”. Someone who wants to be “left alone” does not have a HUGE PR campaign with road shows, music, costumes, a newspaper, and a TV production company. Someone who wants to be “left alone”, does not buy up ad words so Google searches only bring up Websites controlled by Falun Gong.

Someone who wants to be “left alone”, doesn’t stage daily protests outside the Chinese consulates in foreign countries like the demonstration that I’ve witnessed outside the Chinese consulate in San Francisco. You compare Falun Gong’s persecution to the persecution of the Jews. I don’t see the Jews holding demonstrations outside foreign consulates. What I see with Falun Gong is a cult that “Wants to be Persecuted” so media attention is always focused on Falun Gong, which is a means to gain attention from the world and recruit new minds to brainwash.

It’s all about power and wealth–In my opinion, Falun Gong is a religious cult and a political movement, and for that reason, China sees Falun Gong as a possible threat if left alone. Thanks to other cultish movements from China’s history, to ignore Falun Gong after that demonstration in Beijing would have been a mistake for China’s government. Anyone who doesn’t see that is blind or brainwashed. As I recall, one such movement about a thousand years ago brought down a dynasty.

3. Peter says:
June 26, 2010 at 10:55

Lloyd,

Please forgive me. When I was reading your response, I couldn’t help but feeling personally attacked. I think the real “thing” that seems to be at the heart of our differing viewpoints is what really is happening in China in regards to Falun Gong. Practitioner or not, it is hard to really know the truth. When the truth is concealed, confusion runs rampant. I don’t know what you know, and you don’t know what I know. Heck, sometimes I don’t even “know” what I know. But what seems apparent, based on the totality of reports from both sides, is that there is something going on. Personally, I would like to see it revealed on a global scale. I understand that if Falun Gong practitioners don’t lead the charge in revealing what they see as the truth (i.e., the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners), then who will. If you don’t stand up for your rights, then who will?

I think the way that they have done that, through setting up large media outlets, has been interesting, perhaps fraught with mistakes, but certainly noble in approach. I stand for truth, not necessarily the absolute kind, but a truth that can be seen and verified by all who glimpse upon it. I certainly don’t know the reasons behind all the things we read about (conspiracies and the like), I prefer to suspend judgment.

Here is my summary:
Bad things in China: lack of freedom of belief, lack of freedom of the press, arbitrary detention, torture.
Good things about Falun Gong: People from all walks of life practice it, transparency of beliefs (even if you disagree with them), and determination to reveal the truth about the persecution. Yes, I usually support the underdog (if they have good hearts).

Oh, sorry to bring this discussion to your doorstep. I will refrain from challenging your beliefs anymore. Like I said before, I just want to be a part of the conversation. I have read a lot, and now I wish to comment. Perhaps when I begin to initiate conversation, you may bring the discussion to my doorstep. Take care, and God bless. –Peter

4. Lloyd Lofthouse says:
June 26, 2010 at 14:14

Peter,

Believe what you want. When I react to the Falun Gong and its relationship to China, I’m considering more than just Falun Gong’s claims and the suspicious way “that organization” does business. I’m also looking back to the early 19th century when the British and French forced Opium on China against the Emperor’s will by using military might. Chinese people suffered as opium addicts and died under Western guns forcing China to do something that was bad for it.

Since 1980, that has been changing. China’s cities have been rebuilt. Last year, the Politburo announced a five-year plan that would extend the electric grid to rural China (the peasants.)

To achieve these changes until all Chinese on the mainland have improved their lifestyles, China “NEEDS” stability.

When the Falun Gong held that demonstration in Beijing with 10,000 people protesting something that had been published in China’s national media about Falun Gong as a cult, that was seen as a possible threat to the stability China needs until the entire country is modernized and everyone or almost everyone benefits from that modernization.

Falun Gong, cult or no cult, made a mistake to bait the bear raising fear that another religious movement might threaten China’s stability as it has before. Right or wrong, the Chinese government did what it felt had to be done to protect themselves.

If the Falun Gong movement does not like my explanation, that is regrettable. They could always leave China like the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan supporters did and live elsewhere with their beliefs. If they stay in China, they know the risks. The Communist government is not ready to trust anyone who challenges their authority and leadership—at least not until they have achieved their goals to turn China into a modern, economic super power where MOST 1.3 billion Chinese benefit from the changes taking place–not just those who live in the cities.

Deng Xiaoping made a promise to China when he said “To be Rich is glorious,” but he also said that it would take longer for some to benefit from the changes taking place. Until all of those goals have been met, and that may take several more decades, China is not ready to be challenged by anyone like Falun Gong, the Dalai Lama or the Uyghurs regardless of how anyone feels about their individual rights.

What’s more important? The rights of a few to do whatever they want or the well being and safety of a billion people? I’ve seen enough of Falun Gong to suspect their ultimate goal and the goal of their leader. History is full of movements like the Falun Gong that eventually turned out bad for all involved. Falun Gong works too hard to recruit supporters and members and their methods are suspect.

5. Peter says:
June 26, 2010 at 14:42

Excellent discussion, and certainly a lot of food for thought. Thank you for sharing your perspective. I can say that I feel enriched after this exchange. I now have a lot to think about, and perhaps I will see you around in the future. Take care!

 text from: http://www.facts.org.cn/puop/201008/t116955.htm

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