Archive | August, 2009

‘The Spectacular 2009’ DISASTER!

25 Aug

Editor’s notes: 26-year-old Yasmina Protzuk living in the DC Metropolitan Area spent the Valentine’s Day with her family seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. After the show, she felt  the organization to the show however, was horrendous.

Divine Performing Arts, The Spectacular 2009 in Washington, DC (Feb 11-15, 2009) .

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent my Valentine’s Day with my family seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. Normally, I wouldn’t feel the need to post anything concerning performances I have seen, but in this case I will be making an exception. It was horrid. It was a thinly veiled promotion of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline. I’ve been researching this method of “self cultivation” and I’m still a little confused about what exactly it is all about. I will not be going into an explanation however because my blog is not part of their propaganda campaign.

Well back to details about this show. The performers themselves: dancers, singers and musicians, were extremely talented. The organization to the show however, was horrendous. I was expecting to watch some dancing and listen to pretty music, not watch a screen that reminded me of playing echo the dolphin, and listen to songs that were written about their religious beliefs. Falun Gong was founded in 1992 by the way… just saying. Well, in front of this gaudy screen is where the dancers and singers performed on a dirty barren stage. It was almost sad; the performers were all extremely talented, but the show was a waste of what could have truly been beautiful. There were even two Emcees, who came out to introduce each new act and make sad attempts at jokes with the audience. All in all this seemed as if it were a production made for a community center or high school, not for the Opera House at the Kennedy Center.

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Yad L’Achim advises Chinese on Cult-Fighting

25 Aug

(IsraelNN.com) At the express invitation of the Chinese Government, Rabbi Binyamin Kluger of the Yad L’Achim anti-missionary organization and Raphael Aron, Director of Cult Counseling Australia, spoke at a four-day conference in southern China on cult-fighting strategies.

The two bearded Orthodox Jews stood out blatantly at the late-January conference, the International Forum on Cultic Studies, which featured some 30 anti-cult experts from China, Russia, Ukraine, England, France, and the United States. The conference’s overall objective was to discuss ways to combat the influence of the Falun Gong cult in China, with the Chinese eager to learn from the experience of experts from around the world.

Rabbi Kluger of Jerusalem spoke primarily about how cults and missionary groups take full advantage of the media in their struggle to win over souls. “Even in Israel,” he told IsraelNationalNews.com, “articles appear in the media condemning the Chinese Government for its treatment of the Falun Gong – when in fact proof of the alleged ‘harvesting of organs’ from live Falun Gong members has been hard to come by. Investigators from the US Consulate and the British Embassy who arrived at the place that had been pointed out as the central extermination camp found that it was nothing more than a normal hospital.”

“I’m not saying there is no Chinese persecution at all of Falun Gong,” Rabbi Kluger said, “but it is far from the extent that is often reported – and in the meantime, this harmful cult receives public sympathy and recognition via the media. ”

Using the Media Both Ways
“Cults use the media for their own purposes, so we have to do the same,” he told IsraelNationalNews, preferring not to elaborate on Yad La’Achim’s specific measures so as not to “tip off” the groups it is fighting.

“It is also important to have effective media advisors,” Rabbi Kluger said. “When the media starts paying attention to a certain issue, we have to be alerted and get our own opinion in there as well.”

Rabbi Kluger said he told the Chinese “that they can’t only quote government-backed studies against Falun Gong. They have to be willing to also quote people who may be critical of the government but who, at the same time, show that the cults, and particularly Falun Gong, are harmful.”

In Israel

Rabbi Kluger said that Falun Gong is active in Israel, though not to the extent that the cult boasts. “It’s a destructive cult in all senses: encouraging the detaching of relations with friends, colleagues and sometimes also family members; saying that doctors cannot cure illnesses because they are ‘spiritual’ in nature; teaching that the leader is all-knowing and can never be challenged, etc. … They say they have 1,000 members in Israel, when in fact there are maybe 500 people who have practiced some of its exercises, but who don’t really know anything about what the cult teaches and promotes. The hard-core in Israel is not more than 60 people… But that’s how all cults work: they brag about their vast numbers, which are simply not true.”

Asked to name the most dangerous cults in Israel, Rabbi Kluger said, “Messianic Jews, Scientology, and Je-hova’s Witnesses. They target religious and non-religious Jews all over the country, and we must be vigilant.”

Praise for Yad L’Achim

Prominent U.S. anti-cult expert Rick Ross, who also attended the conference, had lavish words of praise for Kluger and Yad L’Achim: “The strategies and tactics of Yad L’Achim in Israel deserve a scientific study in and of themselves.”

Similarly, the Head of the Social Sciences Department in Beijing University, who MC’d the conference, told Rabbi Kluger at the closing session, “Honored rabbi, you have enriched us greatly and we are full of appreciation for the words of wisdom and courageous activities that you, the people at Yad L’Achim, oversee.”

‘The Spectacular 2009’ DISASTER!

25 Aug

Four Falun Gong practitioners in Changchun, Jilin Province, helped one of their fellow practitioners to drive out “fox spirit” from her body by means of violent actions, and killed her. On May 9, 2008, local procurators authorized the arrest of the four suspects on the charge of mayhem.

At about 5 p.m.,April 7, 2008, the Gaoxin Police Precinct Headquarter of Changchun Police Department received a report: 120 Emergency Medical Centre found a dead woman with trauma. When the policemen reached the spot, they found three men and a woman who all claimed to be friends of the dead. During the inquest, these people appeared suspicious and spoke evasively. So the policemen took them back to the police station for further investigation.

According to the local police resources, the four in custody confessed they were all Falun Gong practitioners and they beat the victim to death. Reporters visited the suspects in the detention jail on April 9. Jin Mingdong, one of the suspects, said Xiao Rong, the victim, divorced her husband on April 7 because of her practicing Falun Gong. Then Xiao Rong went to the home of Yu Xuewei, Jin Mingdong’s sister-in-law. At that time, another fellow practitioner Gao Hongqing was there, too. When she entered the room, Xiao said the fox spirit had got into her body and then she began to scream.

“Her behavior seemed normal one moment, but abnormal the next; her eye balls were moving continually and her face twitching.” Jin recalled the scene.

Yu, Jin and Gao believed the fox spirit in Xiao’s body would mess up her cultivation. “So, we tried to drive it out by the methods of Falun Gong, but to no avail.” Gao Hongqing said, they decided to take violent actions after discussion, “measure for measure and evil for evil.” They hit Xiao’s head with slippers in turn, even took the extreme measures such as pricking her with needles, burning her with boiling water and freezing her with ice cubes. All they did, in their own words, was following the Master’s instruction since Li Hongzhi once said: “If the evil has reached the point where it is unsavable and unkeepable then various measures at different levels can be used to stop it and eradicate it.”

At 3 p.m., they thought their approach didn’t work since Xiao Rong still acted abnormally, so they called for another fellow practitioner, Wang Haipeng. Wang kicked Xiao’s head, chest and abdomen with force. After beating her for a long time, they found Xiao stopped breathing, so they called 120 for help.

Jin Mingdong, only 30 years old, suddenly realized he had made a big mistake. During the interview, he cried the word “home” again and again in tears, worrying about his old parents apparently.

“We did not intent to kill her.” A month passed, but Wang Haipeng still insisted that what they beat was “the fox spirit,” not Xiao Rong. Wang Haipeng said: “In that situation, Xiao would be definitely in trouble if she continued her practice; so we just gave her a hand.”

According to the result of the anatomy, Xiao Rong’s six ribs were broken and her liver, kidney and lung were broken, too. She died from the exsanguine shock.

Chinese Falun Gong practitioners back to normal life

17 Aug

On an early spring day eight years ago, Liu Shujuan reluctantly sat herself on a sofa in a community lounge, still putting Falun Gong scriptures on the desk in front of her.

Liu was attending a “rehabilitation workshop” that aimed to help Falun Gong practitioners get over their obsession with the cult which was established in China by Li Hongzhi in 1992.

The Chinese government banned the Falun Gong cult on July 22, 1999, accusing the group of exploiting religion of brainwashing practitioners, cajoling money from them, and even encouraging practitioners to burn themselves in order to fulfill spiritually.

Three years after the ban, Liu learned that many peers had been waken from Li’s cheating scheme through such rehabilitation workshops. Liu didn’t think she would be one of them, for the former devotee had fancied herself as sloughing off “all the worldly trappings of wealth, prestige, love and family” under Master Li’s order.

The middle school teacher, 31 years old at that time, once ran away from home for the sake of practice, leaving her four-year-old child behind.

Through several weeks’ critical scrutiny over Li Hongzhi’s cult books at the rehabilitation workshop, Liu’s infatuation disappeared. “Li Hongzhi taught us that truthfulness, compassion and forbearance are the ultimate criteria in judging a good man. But those virtues don’t fit for him in every bit,” Liu told Xinhua.

Liu managed to break away with Falun Gong in March 2001.

Deng Wen, another Falun Gong follower who attended the workshop in 2005, said, “I used to think all practitioners are kind, but gradually I found many evil things in it.”

Deng, now 37, joined Falun Gong in 1996 and sat in protest together with her peers around Zhongnanhai, China’s central leadership compound in downtown Beijing, on April 25, 1999.

Official statistics show the Falun Gong groups had organized more than 300 unauthorized protests to exert pressure on the media and the government.

Deng said she took part in the protest because Master Li said such a gathering would be beneficial to her spiritual progress.

“When I began to think in exchanged positions and reconsidered my stonehearted attitude toward my family, I realized that Li Hongzhi is a liar,” she said.

With a 40-day “excruciating” reflection, Deng was deprogramed and became a community worker.

DESTRUCTIVE CULT

Falun Gong leader Li Hongzhi jumped on the bandwagon of doing breathing exercises in the 1980s which was popular at that time both at home and abroad.

After learning that some people got rich by teaching the exercise, Li patched up the Falun Gong works and began to spread it in May 1992.

Under the pretence of building physiques, the Falun Gong cult had set up more than 28,000 training and exercise centers across the country.

To tighten his spiritual control over practitioners, Li misappropriated the Buddhist concept “Falun”, a cycling weapon symbolic of the arrival of Holy King, and churned out his work “Cycling Falun” in December 1994 to advocate the so-called “life consummation”, according to Xi Wuyi, a research fellow of the Institute of World Religions of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Li Anping, deputy secretary-general of the China Anti-Cult Association (CACA), said the book “Cycling Falun” was a good testimony to Li Hongzhi’s evilness.

“The book is completely against science and humanity,” he said,adding it used bodybuilding and principals compassion as disguise in order to control people’s mind.

An investigation in July 1999 showed that about 1,600 Falun Gong practitioners died in abnormal ways.

On the eve of China’s Spring Festival on Jan. 23, 2001, Wang Jindong and six other Falun followers set themselves on fire at the Tiananmen Square. Two people died and three were badly injured.

A former practitioner Li Chang told Xinhua in jail, “People with a bare bit of reason would not agree that they could become a Buddha by simply burning the body with gasoline.”

Li Chang, 70, once a backbone member of Falun Gong, was sentenced to 18 years in prison in December 1999 on charges of using the cult to obstruct law enforcement, causing the deaths of people and obtaining state secrets in an illegal way.

Li Chang said he learned the Tiananmen self-immolation incident via TV news in jail in 2001.

The graduate of the Tianjin-based Nankai University’s Physics Department in 1964 was very angry when he realized that Li Hongzhi had lied about his birthday.

“Li Hongzhi declared that he was born on the same day with the holiest Shakyamuni Buddha. That’s cheat!” He said. Li Hongzhi went to the government’s household registration department to change his birthday in early 1990s.

Researcher Xi said normal religious practice emphasized humanity and opposed frantic wildness, but Falun Gong was just the opposite — it encouraged practitioners to pursue the extreme, which harms the society.

Professor Ren Dingcheng of the Beijing University’s Science and Society Research Center said the ban on Falun Gong was to protect human rights, rather than trespass them.

Li Anping of the CACA said about 80 percent of the two million Falun Gong practitioners in China had separated themselves from the cult in 1999 when the government issued the ban on it. Ten years after the ban, about 98 percent have been converted and comeback to normal life.

“Many people feel strongly disgust about Falun Gong’s propaganda via telephone or leaflets in the public,” Li Anping said.

“Li Hongzhi’s overseas instigation can go nowhere,” he said, adding the CACA had helped practitioners get rid of the control of the destructive cult.

“It is hard to change one’s mind. Our work is creative,” he said.

Korea deports two Falun Gong members

17 Aug

Seoul has repatriated two Chinese members of the Falun Gong spiritual group following a court decision not to grant them refugee status, officials said yesterday.

A justice ministry spokesman said they were deported last month following the earlier court decision. He declined to say whether more would be sent back.

But the court rejected similar petitions from 30 other people, saying they could not prove they had been persecuted in China.

In March this year the Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision.

Lee Yanglan, a Korean-American Falun Gong practitioner, said Seoul sent three Falun Gong members back to China last month while two others await deportation in a detention center.

The ministry spokesman denied accusations that Seoul was deporting Falun Gong members under pressure from the Chinese government: “The government cannot allow foreigners to stay illegally without clear evidence that they have been persecuted because of their faith.”

What about Falun Gong?

17 Aug

In 1992, Li Hongzhi founded the group Falun Gong in China. In 1995, the forty-seven-year-old Li moved to the United States, where he now has a “green card” and lives with his wife and daughter in New York. The Falun Gong group has utilized the Internet extensively: communicating with its practitioners, providing information on meetings and events, and selling books and tapes. Practitioners have grown beyond China to include countries such as the United States, Britain, Australia, and Germany. According to the Falun Gong group, there are at least 100 million practitioners, and even at the more modest Chinese government estimate of 2 million, it makes the Falun Gong into what could now be the fifth-largest organized religion in the world (M. Wallace — Salon.com — 9/8/99). The Falun Gong is a self-described “cultivation system” which utilizes a mixture of beliefs from Buddhism, Taoism, Chinese alchemy, qi gong breathing exercises and slow tai chi-like movements. Li Hongzhi, referred to as “Master Li,” says in the movement’s main book Zhuan Falun (considered by practitioners to be more important than the Bible, Torah, and Koran put together) that only he can save you. He states that he is everywhere, knows everything (even your thoughts before you think them) and can do anything. He insists that you read only his books and listen only to his teachings. He also promises that he can protect you from any harm, if you are a “sincere practitioner.” When the group unexpectedly appeared 10,000 strong before the Chinese government buildings in April of this year in Beijing, it shocked and galvanized the Chinese government into forming a task force to study the group. Their criticism has been sharp and hard-hitting, calling the group a dangerous cult that harms people and disturbs social stability. The Chinese government’s research claims that as of September 21, 1999 Falun Gong has caused 1,404 deaths. According to the Beijing University of Medical Science, since 1992 the Falun Gong group accounts for 10.2% of all “qi gong” originated mental disorders in China, and in the first six months of this year that percentage has gone up to 42.1%. Li Hongzhi counteracts these accusations by saying that any Falun Gong practitioner who commits suicide, death by refusal to take medicine, homicide, or mutilation, is not a “true practitioner.” Li also suggests that these practitioners’ deaths may not have been related to their Falun Gong practice, “so it is still an open question whether or not we should attribute those unpleasant incidents to Falun Gong in the first place.” (From the Falun Gong New York website under “Dissecting Several Cases of Chinese Media Misrepresentation of Falun Gong.”) Therefore, if anything goes wrong while you are practicing Falun Gong, Falun Gong disowns you. Western media coverage of the Falun Gong group has had a tendency to avoid speaking of the irrational side of the movement. However, this has recently begun to change. In Time magazine, Anthony Spaeth recently stated that “The group has evolved into something a lot less innocent than a breathing club… (Li…has a theory that extraterrestrials plan to take over the earth, and Falun Gong is the only defense)…Their claim to being unorganized, peaceful and apolitical are getting harder to swallow” (August 2, 1999, Vol. 154, No. 4). Barbara Crossette, in her New York Times article ” The Internet Changes Dictatorship’s Rules,” said, “And for the West, the extraordinary success that the Falun Gong has had with cyberspace challenges any optimism that the Internet will inevitably promote only rational, enlightened, open-minded patterns of thought” (August 1, 1999) There are several difficulties in evaluating the impact and effects of the Falun Gong group. The only sources of information tend at present to come from either the Falun Gong group itself, or the Chinese government, and information from both of these sources is difficult to verify independently. Also, the Falun Gong is fairly new in the United States and research has not yet been done. And lastly, but not least, there is a tendency in the United States to want to see the Chinese government as authoritarian and only giving out propaganda. It may be authoritarian, and it may utilize political spin, and its responses of burning books and prohibiting the practice of Falun Gong are not the values of civil libertarians, but there is a danger in totally dismissing the information they provide. Patsy Rahn, the author of this report, a recent summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, is now in Chinese language studies at that institution.

The Falun Gong heresy

10 Aug

By The Research Association Against Christian Heresy, Inc.

Preface

The Research Association Against Christian Heresy, Inc. was organized with some 60 members on Oct. 20, 1999 and held the first assembly on Jan 5, 2000. The Assocation is duly registered with the Korean government and totally committed to researching heresies and cults.

Presently our association is composed of some 50 regular members and about 30 associated members. These include 7 on the board of directors, 15 full research members and 2 auditors. We also have branch offices in the U.S.A., Japan, Brazil and China.

The association has researched the Falun Gong and its founder Li Hongzhi for the last five years. As a result, we have concluded Falun Gong is a cult and Li Hongzhi is a heretic. Our pupose is to protect many innocent people from being deceived by this cult. In keeping with this decision we have decided to publish this pamphlet.

Every morning and evening, in the parks and on the streets of China, you can see many people practicing Qigong (exercises). Falun Gong has become the most popular Qigong (exercise and meditation method) in China.

Fact Sheet about Li Hongzhi

Li Hongzhi: Founder of Falun Gong

· Li Hongzhi was born on May 13, 1951 in Kungchuling City, Jilin Province in China.

· From 1960-1969 he attended Changchun Pearl River Elementary School, Middle School #4 and then transferred to Middle School #48. (The Chinese education system only goes through 9 th grade).

· From 1970-1978 Li Hongzhi served in the army as an interpreter with the 201 st Defence Army, Jilin Province Forestry Garrison.

· 1978-1982 Worked in the Forestry Garrison military unit

· 1982-1991 Worked at Changchun China Cereals, Oils and Fats protection dept.

· 1991 He was introduced to the practice of Qigong

· 1992 Founded and established a training center for the Qigong method in Beijing and became the president. He began to actively spread and expand Qigong. During the ten years from 1992-2002 Li Hongzhi opened 39 training centers with 1900 branches and 28,000 cell groups. No numbers are available as to the number of adherents.

Moral Problems of Li Hongzhi

· Li Hongzhi changed his birthdate from May 13, 1951 to July 7, 1952. July 7 (lunar calendar) is the birthday of Sokamoni (founder of Buddhism and the first Buddha). He did that to lay claim to have been reincarnated from Buddha.

· He said that Jesus failed to accomplish the work of redemption. Instead he, Li Hongzhi, accomplished redemption and caused his followers to believe what he said.

· He put an idol statue of Buddha in his house and his followers likewise were expected to put the image of Buddha in their houses. Everytime they bowed down and worshiped before the statue, they were required to pay 100 hwan (equivalent to 13,000 won Korean money or US $12).

· He also makes money selling Falun Gong books, Buddhist images, tapes, gifts and Falun Gong badges, etc.

· Falun Gong is a mixture of Buddhism and Taoism.

Li Hongzhi’s Self-deification

* According to the Chinese government news agency, Li Hongzhi proclaimed himself to be a god and predicted the end of the world.

· Many people are being deceived and suffering, mentally, physically and Financially as a result of this false doctrine.

· Li Hongzhi teaches that he is the highest Buddha reincarnated from any previous age. He is superior to Sokamoni (founder of Buddhism), Kong Ja (founder of Taoism), Jesus and Mohammad. He is the Lord, king and Buddha of the entire universe.

· He dresses in a Buddhist monk’s robe sits in the lotus flower position and practices Qigong.

Li Hongzhi’s End-time Eschatology

· Li Hongzhi predicted when the last day would occur.

· According to the Chinese government news agency, Li Hongzhi has widely spread the idea of an end-time eschatology throughout society. In his books he mentions the last day 81 times.

· He said that the last day would occur in 1999, but he changed the last day to 1997 (two years earlier). Songbintianthe, an early follower of Falun Gong, testified that Li Hongzhi told him he had the ability to change when the last day would occur according to his own whim.

· Li Hongzhi also predicted that this earth would soon be destroyed by a cataclysmic explosion.

Chinese Government Crackdown

According to the announcement of the Chinese government, Li Hongzhi deified himself as a god, disrupted society with the propagation of an end-time eschatology, and that sicknesses could be healed through the practice of Qigong. He forbade the taking of medicine or going to hospitals and caused many people great suffering. The Chinese government condemned Falun Gong as an unlawful cult because of practices that were harmful to society. It is also suspected that the Chinese government condemned Falun Gong because they felt the freedom of religious expression was a threat to the regime.

Introduction of Falun Gong to Korea

In 1994 one of the executive members of a Korean trading company was sent to oversee the Chinese branch. He was introduced to Falun Gong, came back to Korea and began demonstrating Qigong exercises along side the Han River in Seoul. Since 1996 Falun Gong spread throughout Korea by means of the internet and Qigong exercises in Olympic Park in Seoul., Lake Park in Ilsan and many other places. Presently there are about 200 training centers with many people in the morning and evening practicing Qigong. The representative of Falun Gong in Korea is 50 year old Mr. Kwon, Hong-Dae.