United States Congressman Mike Doyle recently received the "Conscience and Courage award" from the "Global Mission to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners" reported The Tartan.
Falun Gong is banned in China as an "evil cult" due to its extremism, which includes medical neglect and suicide.
The group like other purported "cults" was founded, is defined and led by an absolute leader.
Li Hongzhi, Falun Gong's charismatic founder, now lives in exile within the United States.
But the man behind Falun Gong has been exposed as both a bigot and racist. Hongzhi has made harsh and condemning statements publicly and in his writings regarding interracial marriage and gays.
The recently given Falun Gong award may flatter Doyle, but after other politicians learned about Hongzhi's racism and intolerance they distanced themselves from the controversial leader.
Hongzhi and his followers have become quite adept at manipulating the media and public officials in well-orchestrated events and photo ops to promote the group and its agenda.
Doyle joins a growing list of unwitting dupes used by Falun Gong like pawns in Hongzhi's never-ending effort for power and influence in China.
(Cultnews.com, September 10, 2003)
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