President Jiang Zemin pointed out when interviewed by Le Figaro of France on October 25, 1999, "Falun Gong is a cult that endangers the society and the people." Further, the People's Daily published a criticism written by its special commentator titled Falun Gong is Nothing but a Cult. The judgment by President Jiang Zemin and the People's Daily criticism by its special commentator profoundly uncovered the reactionary essence and harmfulness of Falun Gong. They speak with the force of justice and voice the aspirations of Chinese people, which marks that the struggle of denouncing Falun Gong has moved further and is a new step toward the thorough victory in the fight against Falun Gong while expressing the determination of the Chinese Government and people to contend with this cult.
A great many of uncovered facts indicate that the Falun Gong organization headed by Li Hongzhi is nothing but a cult.
Like all the other cults, through unscrupulous trickeries, Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization bragged a man with only primary education knowing little about science like Li Hongzhi as a supreme savior with "supreme wisdom". Although he built up his fortune under the signboard of it, he denoted all kinds of qigong and boasted his "Falun Dafa" was the only "true law that ferries people to the heaven". Christianity was just "a very small and shabby room", while his "Falun Dafa" was "a magnificent palace" and that he was the highest hierarch and a savior much wiser than Sakyamuni, Jesus Christ, Laozi and other founders of religions. He said that he was doing something nobody had done before and he had "given people a ladder to the heaven – 'Zhuan Falun'". He also puffed that he had "created a living environment for the whole universe including all the spirits and human-beings at various levels", apotheosizing himself as the supreme dominator in the universe.
Li Hongzhi has fabricated a vulgar idealist theory to confront the science, traditional culture and national laws so as to scramble for the masses, develop their political forces, sabotage the strategy of invigorating the country through science, technology and education and the social spiritual civilization construction, with the attempt to lead the masses to a superstitious fatuous abyss under his control. He attempted in vain to override all the scientific and cultural knowledge, Marxism, Mao Zedong's Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory as well as the Constitution and the laws. He also boasted that Falun Dafa was "the most wondrous and highest science in the world" and that it could be as small as a particle or molecule, or as large as the universe including everything and embodying the thorough understanding of all mysteries." He further said that Falun Fafa "had gathered up" all the literacy at all times and in all the countries that "you could learn from nowhere else in the world, even if you had learnt all the subjects and read all the books in the world".
He was madly opposed to all the true science and scientists, saying that "humankind's modern science has in fact developed on a wrong foundation, with a wrong understanding of the universe, humankind and life" and that the cultivators didn't "agree with today's science at all". He even called white black and made a false countercharge as saying that "science is a cult".
He preached "the doomsday theory" to the utmost of his abilities, saying that the human society, the earth and the universe were to be destroyed and that only he and his Falun Dafa could save the humankind from disaster so as to mislead the masses.
He advocated anarchism and spurned all laws, trying to figure for powers overriding the government and laws so that he could do what ever he liked wildly to realize his own evil ambitions. He puffed that "nowadays social problems emerge in an endless stream which no government can resolve… The laws restrict and block people mechanically and everybody is restrained like an animal and nobody has a way out". According to Li Hongzhi, the social problems would only be resolved when people believe in him and cultivate his Falun Dafa.
He created heresies and trickeries to poison the cultivators, manipulate their minds and harm their body and mental health. He claimed that he was the only one in the world to have "dharma bodies" and his numerous "dharma bodies" were ubiquitous. They could be enlarged and narrowed down. According to him, every word of his book was his dharma body. The moment when the cultivators have their thought, his dharma bodies would know it. Those dharma bodies could "protect the cultivators…protect the whole mankind."
He said he could equip the disciples with a "Falun" in their lower abdomen, which could ferry themselves and others. This Falun was too precious to be measured by value. "If you are not destined to have it, no matter how much efforts you make, you still cannot get it."
Li Hongzhi boasted that he could "open the Third Eye" for the cultivators. People with a Third Eye "can penetrate our dimension to see other space-times, and they can see scenes that ordinary people can't… they might be able to see through walls to look at things, or see inside the human body."
He preached "karmic retribution" principle，saying that "people are practicing to increase their karmic forces all their life" and that birth, age, illness and death were forms of karmic retribution and means of "paying karma". According to him, if you are ill, you can't take medicine, otherwise "karma forces" will be suppressed. You have to "cultivate" to cure your illness. He told people to wear down all their affections, pursuance and all kinds of "attachment".
He distorted the Buddhist`s "dharma gate of non-duality", saying that Falun Dafa cultivators should be devoted and they should neither practice other sects nor believe in other religions. He also said that those who had other faith should give it up.
Li Hongzhi poisoned and brainwashed the "Falun Gong" practitioners with his fallacies, lies and trickeries so that they could not tell the right from the wrong and the true from the false and completely obey him. All of these not only have undermined the implementation of the strategy of invigorating the country through science, technology and education and the social spiritual civilization construction, but also have had very serious social impacts and created a number of family tragedies. More than 1,400 people died due to practicing Falun Gong and a lot of other people suffered from mentally disorder, with their families broken up, although Li Hongzhi and other core members had amassed a large fortune from the practitioners and led a life of debauchery.
Li Hongzhi illegally established an underground organization and set up a top-down rigorous secret system as a social and political force that confronted the Party, the country and the people.
Li Hongzhi stigmatized all those who criticized him and his Falun Dafa as "demons" and instigated practitioners to "protect Fa" as if they were neither restricted by the law, regulated by the government nor criticized by the masses. For many years, these people, instigated, plotted and organized by Li Hongzhi and the Research Society of Falun Dafa, have carried out a great many of illegal activities at their will to jeopardize the society in defiance of the provisions in the Constitution and other laws, the basic rights of citizens and the governmental regulation. The incident on April 25 created by them besieging Zhongnanhai, the central government compound, was an exposure of their anti-people, anti-society and anti-government features.
A lot of facts have proved that the Falun Gong organization headed by Li Hongzhi is a heretical cult that distorts and makes use of certain words and terms in qigong, religions and science to apotheosize Li Hongzhi, preach idealism and vulgar theism, make fool of and poison the masses and carry out illegal activities, thus jeopardizing the country, society and the people greatly. Li Hongzhi and the core members were a wicked force that is anti-science, anti-people, anti-society and anti-government. The overseas cult organizations are no more miscreant than it.
Falun Gong is a cult instead of a religion, so the principle and policy of the freedom of religious belief don't apply to it. The policy of the freedom of religious belief is a long-term basic policy of our country and will be implemented firmly. Cults as Falun Gong must be fought against stoutly. Early in March 1982, the Central Committee of the CPC had pointed out clearly in its The Basic Point of Views and the Basic Policy on Religious Problems during the Socialist Period in Our Country, "…firmly safeguard all kinds of normal religious activities; on the other side, firmly fight against all the illegal and criminal activities and anti-revolutionary activities in the guise of religion, along with all kinds of superstitious activities that are not religious and jeopardize the interests of the nation and the life and property of the masses. " Falun Gong is no other than such an organization to be cracked down. The Chinese Criminal Law also provides an article about the punishment of cult organizations. We must fight Falun Gong decisively according to law and must not leave evil unchecked spells ruin.
Li Hongzhi is the ringleader of Falun Gong and a criminal that has violated Chinese law. The Chinese Government has issued an arrest warrant for him. People from all the countries extremely hate cults and all the governments punish severely those who have been involved in cult activities. We strongly appeal the related countries to stand really on the position of defending human rights. It's not wise for some people in the US Administration recently to make irresponsible remarks about the practice of the Chinese Government and interfere with Chinese internal affairs. How could the US associate with and build up a cult if it really wants to safeguard human rights in the world as it has boosted? How could it let a ringleader with cumulation of crimes as Li Hongzhi continue to harm and kill people cruelly, tramp on human rights and jeopardize society? As the saying puts it, "birds of a feather flock together," we believe that all the rational and wise countries and all the kind and righteous people won't wallow in the mire with Li Hongzhi and his cult Falun Gong.
(Kaiwind, October 29, 1999)