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Leaders of five major religious groups condemn Falun Gong


Leaders of five major Chinese religious groups have sharply denounced Falun Gong and proposed to launch a campaign to combat the evil cult at a recent forum.

The forum was organized by the subcommittee of Ethnic and Religious Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People' s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

At the forum, Dao Shuren, vice chairman of the Buddhist Association of China, called on all Chinese Buddhists to fight actively against Falun Gong.

Dao also read a letter issued by the Buddhist Association of China, to expose the shamelessness and viciousness of Li Hongzhi, ringleader of the cult, and called on all Buddhists to resolutely fight against the cult and help maintain social stability.

While listing the cases of the practitioners deluded into committing suicide by the evil cult's heresy, Qoxi, also vice chairman of Buddhist Association of China, expressed that the Chinese Buddhist circles are in firm support of any measure taken by the government to eradicate Falun Gong, especially the punishment of the cult's major leaders.

In response to the proposals of the Buddhist Association of China, leaders of other religious groups also voiced their indignation over the evil cult.

Falun Gong has completely betrayed China and become a tool for the overseas enemies to sabotage our national stability and security, said Fu Tieshan, chairman of Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.

Fu also added that as Falun Gong's "natural enemy," all the Chinese religious groups should unremittingly fight against the evil cult.

Evil cults and religion bear essential differences in the attitudes towards life, noted Min Zhiting, chairman of China Taoist Association.

In sharp contrast with Taoism, which treasures life and promotes social welfare, Falun Gong purposefully aims to deprive innocent people of their lives, said Min, calling on all the Chinese Taoists to strongly fight against the cult and try to help more victims of Falun Gong return to the right track.

Han Shenggui, vice chairman of the Islamic Association of China, said that what Falun Gong has preached goes absolutely against what religion has promoted.

Accusing Falun Gong of imposing spiritual control over innocent people and causing serious damage to society, Han stressed that Falun Gong is absolutely not a religion, but an out-and-out evil cult.

Catholicism encourages its believers to take a positive and optimistic attitude toward reality and life, while Falun Gong preaches the world will perish so as to confuse its addicts' mind and dominate them spiritually, Ma Yinglin, secretary-general of Chinese Catholic Bishops College, drew a clear contrast between Catholicism and the cult, saying Falun Gong is doomed to perish.

Li Hongzhi is just like a vulture covered with beautiful feathers, whose ugly body will be exposed to public if shaken slightly, Deng Fucun, vice chairman of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee of Protestant Churches of China, told the forum.

There are many benevolent and beautiful qualities deeply rooted in humanity, which however, were seriously distorted by Falun Gong, summarized Ding Guangxun, vice chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, as well as honorary chairman of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee of Protestant Churches of China, and China Christian Council.

Ding noted that if Li Hongzhi's fallacies prevail, the world will have to suffer historical retrogression, not to mention development. He proposed that all the religious groups make joint efforts to eradicate Falun Gong to ensure the healthy development of the country.

Other people from the five major Chinese religious groups also expressed their views on the issue and appealed to the government to intensify a crackdown on Falun Gong.

They said that all the religious groups should further expose the viciousness of Falun Gong, bring the cult's addicts back to normal, and completely get rid of this "malign tumor," they noted.

(People's Daily, March 18, 2001)