WUHAN, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- About 30 scholars from China, the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and other countries took part in a forum on cults in Wuhan over the weekend. The forum agreed that Falun Gong is a cult that spreads rumors to defame China.
Experts at the forum revealed the evil nature of the Falun Gong cult from the perspective of religion, philosophy, psychology, communication and medical science. Many of them said that Falun Gong has deceived practitioners with rumors and words quoted and misinterpreted from Buddhism and Taoism.
Michael Kropveld, Founder and Executive Director of Info-Cult/Info-Secte based in Montreal, Canada, said that, although China and western countries differ in culture, religion, history and law, the behavior of Li Hongzhi, leader of Falun Gong, and his followers is no doubt the promotion of a cult.
"Falun Gong misappropriated concepts from Buddhism and Taoism to manipulate the minds of practitioners, which has led to mass mortality and disabilities of its followers as they refuse to receive medical treatment when falling ill," said Meerim Aitkulova, research fellow with National Institute for Strategic Studies in Kyrgyzstan.
Over the past few decades, Falun Gong practitioners have ceaselessly accused China of live organ harvesting, claiming that China still "harvests organs" from prisoners, and especially those from Falun Gong practitioners. But that has been shown to be nothing but a rumor, according to scholars at the forum.
Campbell Fraser, a scholar at Griffith University, Australia, said the so-called live organ harvesting has been proved untrustworthy by international organ transplant professionals, but Falun Gong activists still run such campaigns.
Fraser said that there's no evidence of live organ harvesting, as claimed by Falun Gong practitioners, after talks with Chinese transplant specialists and visits to hospitals and medical institutions in Shenzhen, Kunming and other cities.
Qin Junhui, research member of the Center for Studies of International Pseudo Religion Questions at Wuhan University, said Falun Gong fabricated data on organ transplantation in China, which has always been the behavior pattern of the cult and its media.
James R. Lewis, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromso in Norway, said that although Sound of Hope Radio and New Tang Dynasty Television appeared to be ordinary media groups in the eyes of the public, their annual tax records showed they are in fact manipulated and sponsored by international anti-China forces.
Some scholars have even been threatened by Falun Gong practitioners. Fraser spoke of harassment by Falun Gong practitioners for debunking their lies, adding this is also the reason why many media organizations refrained from reporting news on them.
"Falun Gong has been using all sorts of methods to attack, defame and threaten the media and people that revealed their evil nature in order to cover up the truth and manipulate public opinions," said Xu Tao, professor at the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University, China's Hubei Province.