I am not joking around.
Nor am I about judge any
group of people and their beliefs as being an evil cult. So, no I will not name such a society.
The ruling elite of China has a long history of demonizing groups that teach beliefs which lie outside the bounds of officially approved doctrine as
"evil cults". Falun Gong is simply the latest and most widely popularized. Other examples include Eastern Lightning, the Association of Disciples,
the Full Scope Church, the Spirit Sect, the New Testament Church, the Way of the Goddess of Mercy, the Lord God Sect, the Established King Church, the
Unification Church, and the Family of Love. All of which suffered oppression due to not being properly "trained" in acceptable religious doctrine by
the communist regime.
The US State Department
In fact, this practice of intolerance and brutality predates the Ch'ing Dynasty. For example in 1813 nearly 80,000 members of a non-violent religious
sect known as White Lotus were killed by the government. Like Falun Gong, they also practiced meditation and qigong.
Inspiration: The Organization and Ideology of The White Lotus Sects
I have not seen that quote of Mr. Li that states that he is a god. You provide no reference to it. If he did, however, he would not be the only one
with a belief in an inherent divine nature of man. One of dozens of examples I could give of this is the Christian doctrine of Theosis.
"The Word became flesh to make us 'partakers of the divine nature'...'For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.' 'The only
begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods'" (Catechism of the
Catholic Church 460).
Grace and Divinity
Would you classify Christianity as an evil cult? Although some might...I will again reserve judgement. One man's religion is another man's cult -
as the saying goes.
Which brings me to my next point. Even so-called "cult experts" disagree on all attributes which must be present in order for a group to be labeled
a cult. One which they agree on, however, is that belivers are not allowed to leave once they join. This is not true of Falun Gong. While Falun Gong
does exhibit some characteristics of cults, such as a charasmatic leader who is seen as "above human" and the use of jargon unfamilliar to
outsiders, This hardly justifies the CCP's brutality towards its practitioners.
Austrailian National Radio ABC, Falun Gong: Cult or Culture?
As for Mr. Li's views on modern medicine...Nowhere has he been quoted as directly commanding his followers not to seek treatment. I defy you to
provide proof of this slander.
His words have fostered a mistrust in the modern medical system in some of his followers. He criticizes by stating that modern medicine seeks to treat
the symptoms and not address the root causes of disease. I agree with him on that point. Our big-business pharmaceutical model of healthcare would
prefer to see sick people forking over thousands of dollars on prescriptions throughout their lives than to actually cure them..or, heaven forbid,
teach self-responsibilty for one's health.
By the way...The Jehovah's Witnesses and The Christian Scientists are two other examples of mainstream religious organizations that shun modern
medical care. In the end...is it not up to the individual to make his or her own
choices regarding their health and their bodies?
No k4rupt. I'm afraid you have done nothing to convince me that there is evil at work here. You repeatedly blasted Oct in this tfor not providing
valid references for his statements and yet you provide none of your own to back up your own inflamatory proclamations.