After years' of fighting against Falun Gong since Chinese government announced on July 22, 1999 "Research Society of Falun Dafa" and the Falun Gong organization under its control to be illegal, the political struggle against Falun Gong cult has now achieved decisive victory. Through the struggle, we have destroyed the commanding system and organizational structure of Falun Gong; found out and punished Falun Gong core members; denounced Li Hongzhi's fallacies, the political ambition of the Falun Gong organization as well as its serious social impact and; the majority of Falun Gong practitioners have awakened. China's success in fighting against cults and defending human rights has accumulated a lot of experience in this regard as well.
Li Hongzhi, a cult ringleader and a human rights abuser who had fled to U.S.A, however, tried to put up a desperate struggle in the way of instigating the diehards in Mainland China to make trouble by giving them orders through internet and some other channels. In the meantime, he assumed himself a "human rights defender", tried to make the Falun Gong issue internationalized and acted against his own motherland with the help of foreigners by stigmatizing Chinese government's legal action of banning on Falun Gong as "infringing on human right" or "interfering freedom of belief". A wave of anti-China action was thus surged.
What is human right? The basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled according to the Constitution, including the right to life, health and education, freedom of thought, expression, press and religious belief are among the human rights to be maintained. For a nation, the basic right is its right to existence and development. Without the development and flourishing of China and improvement of Chinese people's living standard, any other rights of Chinese people will have no root.
Now let's compare what Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization had done with our achievement in fighting against the cult organization. I'm sure the readers will have a clear idea as to which party stands for justice.
I. Falun Gong infringes upon the right to national development
The right to existence and development are the essential human rights. Only by development and strengthen its comprehensive national power and improvement of its people's living standard can a nation achieve its existence, development and safeguard any other basic rights of its people. Therefore we shall develop our education, science and culture so that the overall ideological, cultural and ethical cultivation of Chinese people can be further improved by mastering the scientific world-view and methodology as well as knowledge in modern science. Li Hongzhi and his "Falun Dafa" are in fact contradictory with such a social trend.
On the one hand, Li Hongzhi denounced modern science, saying, "Humankind's modern science has in fact developed on a wrong foundation, with a wrong understanding of the universe, humankind, and life. That's why in the world of cultivation we cultivators don't agree with today's science at all and think that it's a mistake." (Falun Fofa-Teaching the Fa in the United States). He even called white black as saying that science is "not upright" and discouraged people to learn modern science. On the other hand, he boasted "Falun Dafa" to be the "universal law" and "highest science", saying, "Nothing is as profound as 'Falun Dafa'. Of all teachings in the world it is the most wondrous and highest science." He claimed that "truth, compassion and forbearance" is "the basic Buddhist Law(or Fofa)" and "the nature of the universe" while all natural and social phenomena are nothing but "a different discourse at different levels" of "truth, compassion and forbearance", and that everything is made of "truth, compassion and forbearance"-"Air particles, stone, wood, soil, steel, the human body - all matter has the nature of 'truth, compassion and forbearance'". (Zhuan Falun). He ordered Falun Gong practitioners to study, copy and recite his books. He not only asked the practitioners to study Falun Gong in person or collectively but also held "Fa conferences" to exchange experience in study. He promoted Changchun experience in the book "Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa" by saying that "they sit down and start to study, and they don't need the book - one person recites the book by memory from the beginning, then he stops and another person continues to recite, without making a mistake, and no single word is wrongly recited as they continue to recite. Then it continues, you recite a paragraph, he recites a paragraph, and people go on reciting like this. Later on they start to copy the book by hand. When they make a mistake they start all over again - they copy the book from the very beginning again." That is the way by which the Falun Gong organization attempted to replace the righteous modern science with Li Hongzhi's fallacies and have brainwash and spiritual control over Falun Gong practitioners.
In the early stages when Li Hongzhi launched his Falun Gong, he did puff that practicing Falun Gong could help to "keep healthy and fit", and had pretended to "heal" others by "sending out Gong". A lot of Falun Gong practitioners were thus trapped by the alleged function of Falun Gong in healing and keeping fit. It should be noted that in the early stages, he had claimed that "Falun Dafa" was "not Qigong at the lower level of healing and fitness" and that only practicing movement was not "Falun Dafa". He even debased those who only practiced movement while didn't "study Fa" as "spreading unrighteous Fa". He insisted that "Falun Dafa" "emphasized on cultivating character" and "cultivation should be primary". According to him, "cultivation" meant "studying Fa", and "studying Fa" meant reading his books, watching his "Fa teaching" video tapes and listening to his "Fa teaching" audio tapes. In this way, Li Hongzhi brainwashed the Falun Gong practitioners with his fallacies and thereby the Falun Gong practitioners were completely controlled by Li Hongzhi and his fallacies without their own thought or judgment, becoming nothing but tools used by Li Hongzhi and the cult organization. The allegation that "practicing Falun Gong" could help to "keep healthy and fit" was nothing but a coat and bait of Falun Gong used to trap people into the organization.
Since the beginning of practicing Falun Gong, many practitioners spent much time and energy in reading Li Hongzhi's books, watching and listening to his tapes while left along their study or work. Many practitioners neglected dissuasion from their family members, relatives and friends, thinking that others were ordinary people with too much karma power or even under the driving of "demons" from other spaces to wave their belief on "Falun Dafa". Therefore they neglected kinship and friendship. This caused much disharmony in many families and among people. Many people were convinced by Li Hongzhi that human beings had reached a critic point in moral, and that the earth was full of "evil" and the world would soon "explode". Since they thought it right for them not to take on any responsibility for the society and "leave" such an evil place by cultivating and promoting their levels so that they might reach "Buddhahood" and achieve nirvana, they cared about nothing else but Falun Gong and were cold to other people as well as things happened around. Many Falun Gong practitioners were obsessed in Li Hongzhi's fallacies and took them as "the highest universal truth" and Li Hongzhi as "the highest god in the universe". They dared not show their slightest irreverence towards Li Hongzhi. They even dared not call Li Hongzhi's name for fear that they might be punished and "died out in both shape and spirit". Since Li Hongzhi and his fallacies had completely dominated them, the Falun Gong practitioners just surrendered to Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong and were even willing to die for them. In order to "protect Fa", some practitioners disregarded social stability and national laws and illegally participated in besieging news institutions and government bodies. They even felt glorified instead of ashamed of such deeds, believing that they were enduring "test" and promoting their "levels". The seriously poisoned Falun Gong practitioners were so obsessed in Li Hongzhi's fallacies and addicted to the isolated environment created by Falun Gong that they completely lost their judgment as to right and wrong, good and bad, righteous and evil. As a result, some of them were muddled, some mentally disordered, some committed suicide, some participated in illegal activities and some even committed crimes.
Since teenagers were maturing both physically and mentally with little social experience, if they were enticed to practice Falun Gong and thereby obsessed in Li Hongzhi's fallacies, they might be injured fatally both physically and mentally. For instance, Li Ting, a student under the age of 18, killed his parents while he was in mental disorder for having practiced Falun Gong. Before practicing Falun Gong, Li Ting had been a good boy in a happy family. In 1997, as Li Ting didn't pass the entrance examination for the key middle school, the regretful boy began to practice Falun Gong for curiosity as he saw people practicing Falun Gong in the park. As he gradually got lost in Falun Gong and Li Hongzhi's fallacies, he became mentally disordered and eventually had heteroptics and hallucination, claiming that he had "opened the third eye" and could see "burning fire balls". When Li Ting's mother found her son in mental disorder, she took him to Beijing to have him diagnosed and treated in Beijing Psychiatric Hospital. Li Ting, however, insisted that he was not sick and would not see doctor. He thought that he had "understood the universal truth" and had become "Buddha" while his parents were "demons that must be wiped out" so that "the demons could turn to be Buddha". In the early hours of March 20, 1999, Li Ting killed his parents with a dagger while they were still in sound sleep. Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization had not only put an end to the bright future of the teenager Li Ting, but also made a murder case and destroyed a happy family.
Such retroactive activities of Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong cult are against humanity and humans' pursuit of truth in that they poisoned people spiritually, making them abandon the passion to real life in their pursuing of an illusory "Falun realm". In addition, it disrupted social stability and endangered national interest. It is indeed quite a tragedy to a nation with millions of people lost in superstitious and fatuous spiritual state. If the kind of "magnificent scene" of "consummation" envisaged by Li Hongzhi really happens, tragedies of people being murdered by cults in other regions will emerge in China as well. Li Hongzhi said at the Fa Conference in Europe, "I also want to bring humankind a magnificent scene at the time of your Consummation." "Have all Dafa disciples, regardless of whether they need bodies or not, elevate their bodies into the sky and then fly away; those who don't need bodies will have their bodies go through Light-Transformation in the air. This will create a glory that's never existed before in history, leaving human beings a profound lesson. People don't believe in gods, so let gods truly manifest before people."(Falun Fofa:Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference in Europe). Anyone with common sense could imagine how horrible it might be if that really happened. If we let Falun Gong spread in this way, China as well as the Chinese nation would certain get lost in such a laggard and fatuous abyss that Chinese people would have no bright future but gloomy and suffering destiny.
II. Falun Gong infringes upon right to health
The essential component for human rights is the right to life. Without health, life will certainly be affected or even perish. Without life, any other right will certainly be rootless. Li Hongzhi's "Falun Dafa", especially the fallacy of "eliminating karma" tramples on people's right to health and life.
The fallacy of "eliminating karma" is an important part of Li Hongzhi's fallacies and a key instrument and spiritual narcotics used by Li Hongzhi to control the Falun Gong practitioners. Li Hongzhi said that illness and misfortune of people are caused by karma-"The root cause of their problem and all their misfortune is karma, that black-matter karmic field…That's the root cause of people's health problems. It's the chief source of them…Birth, old age, illness and death, all have causes from the past and are karmic retribution. If you owe a debt you have to pay it off."(Zhuan Falun). According to Li Hongzhi, if you are ill, that means you are eliminating your karma. If you take medicine, "karma forces" will be suppressed and you won't be able to "eliminate karma" or "promote to higher levels"-"You're the one who suffered a lot, so your own karma will get transformed. You paid the price, so however much you've borne, that's how much gets transformed, and it all turns into virtue…All your attachments, as long as you have them, all have to be worn down in different settings…If you're attached to those things you won't be able to finish your cultivation." (Zhuan Falun). That means if you want to "eliminate karma" or to "promote to higher levels", you have to wear down your such "attachment" as having medical treatment- "if you take medicine, 'karma forces' will be suppressed, then how to get rid of the bad stuff in your body? … Gong of the practitioners will automatically eliminate virus and karma." Li Hongzhi preached such "eliminating karma" fallacy everywhere and instructed the Falun Gong organization to fabricate various false reports and stories to fool the Falun Gong practitioners by indicating that practicing Falun Gong had magic power in healing and keeping fit. Among the 1400 Falun Gong related murder cases, there are many people who ruined their own right to life as they refused to have medical treatment. And still more people delayed in having treatment in this way. The following cases surely have some warning effects to us:
Zhang Yuqin, a retired worker from Jiangsu Qidong Garment Factory, began to practice Falun Gong in October 1995. As she was convinced by Li Hongzhi that illness was "caused by karma" and that "being ill is indeed eliminating karma" she refused to have medical treatment and finally collapsed mentally in insupportable ailment. On January 23, 1998, Zhang cut her carotid and died in the toilet for excessive loss of blood.
Bai Changyu (62), a retired section chief geologist at a coalmine in Fushun City Liaoning province, began to practice Falun Gong in 1997. As he was convinced by Li Hongzhi that "being ill is indeed eliminating karma", Bai refused his children's advice to have medical treatment when he was sick. In April 1999, when his illness got more serious, he still refused to see doctor. His wife who was also a Falun Gong practitioner, said: "practicing 'Falun Gong' can cure diseases. You must be strong enough to survive." Meanwhile, she held a book of Falun Gong, saying, "You see, Li Hongzhi is just beside you, helping you to eliminate karma and have a reborn. And you will be all right in a month." On April 28, his children sent him to a hospital, where he still refused medical treatment. He died on May 3.
Zhang Heru, a Falun Gong fanatic from Hufang Rd, Xuanwu District, Beijing, began to practice Falun Gong in 1996. In June 1998, while her disease got more serious and she could not eat but vomiting frequently, she refused to have medical treatment, saying, "the master is eliminating karma for me and I will recover as long as I endure this." On September 26, as she could not endure any longer, she was sent to hospital. It was diagnosed that she had mid and last term of intestines cancer. She died then due to delayed medical treatment for 105 days.
Li Hongzhi's fallacies are nothing but nonsense utterly against science, of which Li Hongzhi himself is quite aware. Li Hongzhi and his family members did take medicine, and he himself had a vermiform appendix excising operation as well. Li Hongzhi had his own ambition in fabricating such fallacies.
It seems to be their voluntary behavior for those Falun Gong practitioners to refuse to have medical treatment. Their voluntary behaviors, however, were a manifestation of their losing of self-awareness due to the spiritual control of Li Hongzhi and his "Falun Dafa". Li Hongzhi was in fact the chief criminal while the practitioners were just the victim of Li Hongzhi and his "Falun Dafa".
What is most flagrant is that Li Hongzhi stigmatized those Falun Gong practitioners died from his fallacies to be "demons interference with Dafa". In the book "Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa", Li Hongzhi said, "This type of demons are most difficult to recognize, and they're capable of doing major damage. They come to learn Falun Dafa as others…Then all of a sudden they die or all of a sudden they go down the opposite path, and damage Falun Dafa this way." It could be learnt that such a "master" who boasts to be "truth, compassion and forbearance" is not a human rights defender but a merciless and brutal wizard or witch doctor; the "Falun Dafa" he preachs is not good medicine for the world but spiritual poison; and Falun Gong is a large cancer to the society.
III. Falun Gong infringes upon the right to life
Just like other cult ringleaders, Li Hongzhi tried to apotheosize himself and boasted that he had supernatural "function" so as to deceive the public and realize his ambition. The fallacies such as "opening the Third Eye", "planting Falun" and "Law Body protection" are among the "functions" of this cult ringleader and the tools that he used to fool and control the Falun Gong practitioners. Such fallacies may make people mentally sick and even deprive the Falun Gong practitioners and other innocent people of their right to life.
Li Hongzhi boasted that he could "open the Third Eye" for others. In "Zhuan Falun", he said, "When we talk about 'opening the Third Eye', it's about bypassing your optic nerves and opening a passageway between your eyebrows, which makes it possible for your pineal gland to see outside directly…People with a high-level Third Eye can penetrate our dimension to see other space-times, and they can see scenes that ordinary people can't. People who aren't at a high level might have the ability to see through things, they might be able to see through walls to look at things, or see inside the human body." He further said, "Ordinary people can hardly practice opening the Third Eye. Most of them were done by the master." By this it meant that it would be him to "open the Third Eye" for the Falun Gong practitioners. Modern science proves that pineal gland is endocrine gland instead of visual sense organ. Since visual sense generates from the image of an object that is reflected in our eyes and impressed on the pallium through the optic nerves, "opening the Third Eye" is nothing but a tale of a tub.
Li Hongzhi boasted that he could "plant Falun" at the lower abdomen of the Falun Gong practitioners. In "Zhuan Falun" and other books, he alleged that "Falun" was a "miniature of the universe", an "intelligent being that can automatically absorb and give off energy in the universe". He said, "So when the Falun rotates inward, it saves oneself, and when it rotates outward, it saves others…one feature of Falun Dafa is that Falun can save oneself as well as others." He deliberately mystified in saying that "The Falun is an intelligent being. We have formed it only after going through so many generations of people. In the past it was passed on from generation to generation through a single disciple, and it has never been passed to outsiders. In this special historic environment, I have now brought it out in the open to pass on to people."(Explaining Zhuan Falun), and that "This Falun is extremely precious, priceless in fact. For a person who lacks a predestined connection, no matter how many hundreds of millions he spent, he still couldn't buy it…it is even higher than your life."(Lecture in Sydney). He alleged, "The Falun that I plant in a practitioner's lower abdomen rotates constantly, twenty-four hours a day. (True practitioners can acquire a Falun by reading my books, watching my talks on video, listening to my talks on audiocassette, or studying with Dafa students.) The Falun helps practitioners cultivate automatically. That is, the Falun cultivates practitioners at all times even though they don't perform the exercises." (Falun Fofa- Law of Great Consummation). In fact, "Falun" is just a kind of diagram patched up by Li Hongzhi by embezzling Taiji diagram of Taoism and Swastikas of Buddhism. It is not an "entity", not to mention any "intelligent being". Li Hongzhi could never plant any "Falun" in anyone. The allegation of "planting Falun" is also a tale of a tub.
Li Hongzhi boasted that he had countless "Law Bodies" that could protect the Falun Gong practitioners. He lied that "I am the only one in the world who have Law Bodies…I have numerous Law Bodies who look the same as me. Their wisdom is completely opened with the same power of Fa like that of a Buddha. The main body is here with me, and they have the ability to do things independently. They will look after you, protect you, help you transform Gong, and do certain things. In fact, they are the embodiment of my wisdom. Therefore, I am able to safeguard you…Because I have mentioned that each word in this book (refers to Zhuan Falun) has my Law Bodies, every word is the image of my Law Body and every word is the image of a Buddha. I have numerous Law Bodies, which cannot be calculated by numbers...No matter how many people there are, I can take care of all of them, and I can take care of the entire mankind…Therefore, if you practice cultivation, the moment you have that thought, my Law Body will know it." (Lecture in Sydney). The term "Law Body" comes from Buddhism, meaning a personification of Buddha Law preached by Sakyamuni. It is shapeless and countless, signifying spirit and order of Buddhist doctrine. Li Hongzhi distorted the original meaning of Law Body and had it to preach his fallacies in an aim of fooling the public. Li Hongzhi himself is clear that he had no "Law Body" at all. When the Chinese government issued the hue and cry, he had to take refuge in a foreign country. How could he protect others if he could not protect himself?
However, such fallacies and trickeries of Li Hongzhi poisoned a lot of Falun Gong practitioners and caused a lot of tragedies that brought misfortunes to individuals, families and the society in that many Falun Gong practitioners became mentally disordered and had self-mutilation, committed suicide or committed crimes.
Gao Encheng (male, 42), official of an industrial and commercial administrative office in Tianbai Township, Kaixian County, Chongqing, began to practice Falun Gong in November 1997. After that, he gradually became withdrawn and uncommunicative. He firmly believed that he could "open the Third Eye" and have "Three Flowers Atop the Head" after practicing Falun Gong for some time, and that his soul would go to Heaven after his death. On November 2, 1998, he withdrew all his savings from the bank and gave them to his daughter by his ex-wife, his parents and his mother-in-law, saying that he had become immortal. He told other people that he had dreamt that his wife Li Xiaofen had been a snake in her previous life. Later, on the morning of November 6, he said to others that his thinking had reached the summit after one year's practice of "Falun Gong", and only his son, Gao Xiong, understood him properly and that he did not want to talk to mortals. After that, he went back home, and again practiced "Falun Gong" for some time. Then he jumped from the roof of the building, holding his son Gao Xiong in his arms. A doctor was sent for, but his wife refused to let him treat her husband, saying that Li Hongzhi would protect him. Gao died, but his son was rescued by emergency treatment.
Xie Li (female), a teacher in the attached school of Chongqing Steel (Group) Ltd, began to practice Falun Gong in October 1997 with a dream of healing and keeping fit since she had heart disease. Xie Li was later obsessed in Li Hongzhi's fallacies and had heteroptics and hallucination. On January 27, 1997, she abruptly told her family that she had "opened the Third Eye" and "I see Master Li Hongzhi is summoning me in heaven". She then became mentally disordered and kept mumbling, without eating anything in the next three days. In the midday of January 29, Xie Li jumped from the balcony on the tenth floor while her husband Zhou An didn't noticed. In fluster, Zhou An seized only a sleeve of his wife's clothes and helplessly saw her drop to the ground, died.
Ma Jianmin, a retired worker from the Huabei Oilfield in north China, was often in a trance and became distraught after two years of practicing Falun Gong. Ma insisted that he had a "Falun" in his stomach. On September 4, 1998, Ma died at home after he cut his abdomen with a pair of scissors to look for the so-called wheel of law.
These are only several cases about Falun Gong practitioners who became mentally disordered and committed suicide because of Li Hongzhi's fallacies. From these stories, we can certainly understand the nature of Li Hongzhi and the Falun Gong cult organization in trampling on humanity and human rights.
IV. Falun Gong infringes upon right to freedom of speech and press
Freedom to speech and press is a basic right entitled to humans by the Constitution and an important part of human rights. What Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization had done trampled on such a principle. On the one hand, Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization did all they could to abuse such right by illegally publishing Li Hongzhi's books and tapes, holding classes and conferences to spread Li Hongzhi's fallacies. On the other hand, they unscrupulously trampled such a principle by infringing on others of their freedom on speech and press. They didn't allow others to have different opinion or criticize Li Hongzhi or "Falun Dafa". They didn't allow the news media to publish articles that criticized them. Any criticizing against Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong was stigmatized as "demons' interference with Dafa". They instigated Falun Gong practitioners to stigmatized and denounce people who dared to criticize them, to besiege the government bodies and news media in the name of "protecting Fa".
Since it emerged, Li Hongzhi's Falun Gong has been denounced and to some degree rejected. In order to have the practitioners stick to Falun Gong and suppress others, Li Hongzhi distorted the original meaning of the term "the mara path co-existing and mutually restraining" and fabricated the fallacy of "demon interfering with Dafa". In July 1996, the Press and Publications Administration issued a circular to ban sales of five Falun Gong related books, including "Zhuan Falun" and others. Guangming Daily then published an article revealing Falun Gong, which caused panic in Li Hongzhi and the Falun Gong organization. Neglected the legal regulation of the Administration, they not only ordered Falun Gong practitioners to "stand the test" by saying "don't be afraid. Your body can still sit there for mediation even if your head loses", but also organized, plotted and directed activities against the government, including a lot of incidents organized by Falun Gong in besieging government bodies and news media.
According to an incomplete statistics, Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong have instigated more than 300 illegal gatherings targeted at besieging news media and government departments, 78 cases of which has more than 300 people participated in. The 4.25 incident that was plotted by Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization in which 10,000 people besieged Zhongnanhai, the location of the Central Government, for example, is an illegal incident that is anti-freedom, anti-democracy, anti-human rights, anti-science, anti-social and anti-government, against which Li Hongzhi and his followers intentionally said it was "for justice", and certain foreign "human rights defenders" wrongly claimed that it was "peaceful petition" or "peaceful demonstration". The direct cause for 4.25 incident is an article entitled "I' m Opposed To Qigong Practice By Teenagers" by Professor He Zuoxiu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences that was published on "Teenager Science-Technology Outlook", a Tianjin Normal University magazine. In the article, the author mentioned Falun Gong when he proposed his view on teenagers' practicing Qigong in the way of objective explaining facts and arguments. It is such an unknown magazine targeted at the teenagers and such an article written by an academician of Chinese Academy of Science in an aim of educating the teenagers with science that has stirred up the Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong organization - who boasted to be "truth, compassion and forbearance"- to have deceived, instigated and organized more that 6000 Falun Gong practitioners to besiege the office building of the magazine for 5 days from April 19 to 23. They rootlessly asked the magazine to restore fame for Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong; to have the author as well as the editor answer for it; to call back the sold magazines; to stop distributing the magazines and to deliver a statement on the magazine to apologize Li Hongzhi and Falun Gong. It could be learnt from this story that Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization did not allow for any freedom of speech at all and that the kind of "freedom" sought by them were just freedom for them to do what they want to.
The government has been quite restraint with such illegal activities and tried to dissuaded the demonstrators. Right at that time, Li Hongzhi flew back to China from U.S to plot secretly for a scaling up of the incident. More than ten thousand blindfolded Falun Gong practitioners from areas such as Hebei, Liaoning, Shandong, Heilongjiang, Anhui, Tianjin and Beijing were instigated to have gathered in Beijing in just one night, and have made the shocking 4.25 incident by besieging Zhongnanhai, the government compound. 4.25 incident was a rehearsal of Li Hongzhi's ambition in toppling the government. Li Hongzhi and his conspirators thought that they were strong enough to realize their folly conspiracy. Their besieging Zhongnanhai was meant to impose Li Hongzhi's fallacies on Chinese people, replacing their guiding theory-Marxism, Leninism, philosophy thoughts of Mao Ze-dong and Deng Xiao-ping; to impose the cult ringleader Li Hongzhi on Chinese people as their spiritual leader, replacing Chinese Communist Party with Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization. It is indeed unprecedented among the incidents of world cults. In fact, Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization had overestimated themselves and underestimated the Chinese Communist party and the Chinese people. By doing this, they finally shot themselves in the foot. With their real face revealed to the public, their predeterminate failure is to come.
Both democracy and freedom are part of the superstructure that serve for the economic foundation. Democracy and freedom are the means instead of objective. In socialist countries like China, leaders of the organizations that are against the leadership of CCP, against Marxism, Leninism and socialist system, jeopardizing the fundamental interest of the country as well as its people shall never be entitled with such freedom. Banning on Falun Gong, the Chinese government is determined to ensure the basic right of the majority, social stability and the fundamental nation interest.
V. Falun Gong infringes upon the freedom of religious belief
The Chinese Communist Party is a proletariat party based on Marxism and Leninism. Dialectical Materialism and Historical Materialism of Marxism and Leninism are of thorough antitheism. Marxism and Leninism not only properly demonstrate the nature, origin and social role of religion, but also suggeste the right altitude and policy that should be taken in regard to religion. Based on the Marxist philosophy on religion-a scientific viewpoint and method for us to understand religion and the specific situation in China, the Chinese government has developed the Policy on Freedom of Religious Belief-a fundamental long-term policy on treating and addressing religious issues. By wantonly trampling on the principle of freedom of religious belief and debasing other religions, Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization dreamt of having people to abandon their religious belief and convert to the Falun Gong cult, so as to make conflicts and troubles among people with different belief.
Although claimed that "Falun Dafa" was not religion, Li Hongzhi compared "Falun Dafa" with religions over and over again, saying, "the existing religions cannot save people from torment any more", while "Falun Dafa is the only highest Buddhist law", "universal law" and "the only ladder that help people to heaven". He even boasted that "Falun Dafa is a magnificent palace while Christianity is just a very small, simple room", and that "he is the highest hierarch much wiser than Sakyamuni, Jesus Christ, Laozi and other founders of religions". In order to make people who believed in any other religions convert to his "Falun Dafa", Li Hongzhi said, "I tell you this because I'm afraid you may be led astray by the religions that cannot relieve people from their torment." (Falun Fofa: Teaching the Fa in the First Fa Conference in North America). In such trickeries, Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization glorified a swindler like Li Hongzhi as a new supreme savior and a supreme god with "super theurgy", countless "Law Bodies" and supernatural functions that dictated the human beings as well as the universe for "having comprehended the universal truth and secret of life and being able to predict everything." After such efforts of apotheosizing, Li Hongzhi ordered the Falun Gong practitioners to regard his words as "lection" and worship him as a hierarch, making the practitioners dare not even directly call his name, a way similar to that of the dark, fatuous and religious authority dominated middle ages. In the Falun Gong organization, practitioners were only entitled with the Freedom of worshiping Li Hongzhi, believing his fallacies other than any religious belief.
Li Hongzhi and his "Falun Dafa" was particularly hostile to material and antitheism. He said, "If you're against science, although it won't kill you, people will rise up together to attack you. Everyone will say you're 'superstitious' and ridiculous. It will devalue you in society to be worthless…Since science can't prove the existence of gods or the existence of virtue, and since it doesn't know about karmic retribution, when you mention these things people will strike at you with this big club - science - and say you're 'superstitious'."(Falun Fofa:Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference in Europe). Since Marxist materialism and antitheism co-existed with science, Li Hongzhi would certainly be denounced by the antitheists as long as he boasted to be a new supreme savior. Li Hongzhi surely didn't want to see that happened, therefore he instigated Falun Gong practitioners with any possible lies and trickeries to act against Marxist materialism and antitheism.
The freedom of religious belief means the freedom to choose believing or disbelieving in religion; the freedom of believing in this religion or other religion; the freedom of believing in certain rites in one religion and; the freedom to stop believing in religion. Based on such principles, it can be concluded that words and actions of Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization have infringed upon human freedom of religious belief instead of defending the principle of religious belief freedom. Therefore it is justified to ban on Falun Gong and disclose Li Hongzhi's fallacies in pursuing the principle of ensuring freedom of religious belief and fully implementing the policy on freedom of religious belief.
To conclude, Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong trampled on human rights and endangered the fundamental interest of the nation as well as its people, which already caused serious consequence to people, the society and the nation. Crimes and evil deeds of the Falun Gong organization were no less harmful than any other foreign cults. If no action is taken to outlaw Falun Gong but let it freely develop and expand, the future of China as well as its people will certainly be dimmed and the fruit of decades of Chinese economic development will vanish. If that happens, how can Chinese people's human rights be ensured? After the 4.25 incident, Chinese government developed proper policies and took balanced measures in disclosing and banning on Falun Gong based on the facts of illegal activities of Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization revealed through abundant investigations. In this struggle, the Party and the Government had a clear distinction on the two kinds of conflicts by screening cult ringleaders and its core members with the majority Falun Gong practitioners. As for those obsessed diehards and some practitioners who have offended the law, we have done a lot of painstaking work in light of the guideline of "uniting the majority, educating the majority, converting the majority and relieving the majority", so that the majority Falun Gong practitioners have recognized the true feature of Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong and have eventually cast off the cult. Only the few core members who have seriously violated the law and those plotters and wire-pullers with ulterior motives are relentlessly punished. The Government's banning on Falun Gong is a kind of justified action in maintaining integrity of the Constitution and the legal system, ensuring social stability, guaranteeing security of all Chinese people, including the majority Falun Gong practitioners and their fundamental interest, and defending human rights.
The eventual victory of this struggle would certainly witness Chinese people improving in their understanding of scientific materialism and antitheism as well as their understanding of cult; witness an improvement in Chinese socialist material civilization and spiritual civilization; and contributing a lot to defending human rights. Any unbiased people will draw such a right conclusion.
Note: this article was written in May 2000 and has not been published.