|A Letter in Reply on "Falun Gong"|
With the permission of the writer, here we publish a letter wrote by one of our Embassy staff answering the enquiry on "Falun Gong" by Ms. Byrne, an ordinary Irish citizen who cares about China. We sincerely hope that it can help the kind Irish people to learn the truth.
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland
Dear Ms. Byrne,
First of all, I would like to thank you for your call to enquire us about "Falun Gong" which gave me a chance to expose the true colours of "Falun Gong". As an old saying goes, heed only one side and you will be benighted. Moreover, kindhearted people are easier to be deceived. That's the reason why "Falun Gong", cult in
In 1992, Li Hongzhi, a man from Changchun City in North China, plagiarized some movements from the Chinese Traditional Qigong combined some cults from Thai dances and created "Falun Gong". Subsequently, he proclaimed that "Falun Gong" was his innovation millions of years ago and he had imparted "Falun Gong" to people on several previous earths.
At the beginning, some Chinese people began practice "Falun Gong" just because they believe what "Falun Gong" preached that practice of "Falun Gong" would make human body stronger against diseases. But the fact tells that they are wrong.
Li Hongzhi said, "Why do human beings get ill? It is sin that makes them ill. If a practitioner feels physical discomfort, it is not disease but 'sin', which hospitals are not able to get rid of". He even said, "Wars, plague and all natural or man-made disasters are ways to get rid of human sin." Under this theory, the practitioners went to Li's so-called classes to "cure illness" through Li's "own energy and power" instead of going to see the doctor. In this way Li accumulated wealth by collecting "class" fees.
However, things went wrong when he used his ridiculous power to "cure illness". Many of his "patients" did not go for necessary medical treatment and died, which began to attract the attention of the whole society and the Chinese Government.
In order to get out of trouble, Li Hongzhi changed his "tactics" to continue his legerdemain. He began to drive his followers to learn his theory, namely Falun Dafa, which could treat them and help them escape mortality and the corruption of human flesh and ascend to what he described as "heaven". Li also emphasized that practitioners of "Falun Gong" must accept and fulfill all his theory; otherwise they can not achieve consummation and ascend to "heaven".
Thus, more and more practitioners who believe in his theory rejected medical treatment and died for the dream of consummation. Since "Falun Gong" was founded in 1992, more than 1,700 "Falun Gong" practitioners died. Among them, more than 1,400 died from their refusal to take medicine while over 300 committed suicide to "ascend to heaven" including those burned themselves in Tian'an Men Square. Countless families suffered. This is the reason why "Falun Gong" is regarded as a cult with essence of anti-humanity, anti-society and anti-science. More abhorrently, "Falun Gong" never dares to confess that those victims fulfilling the heretical fallacies are "Falun Gong" practitioners.
Some scientists and sociologists began to investigate and write criticism on "Falun Gong", which worried Li Hongzhi very much. He called on all his followers to besiege and threaten the scholars and relevant medium so as to stop the doubt and investigation on "Falun Gong". That caused serious chaos in society and broke the law of
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I don't know what comment will you make after you read my letter. But I do hope that what I said could clear the misunderstandings on
With kind regards,
Embassy of the People's Republic of