Statement by Ye Xiaowen,
Administrator of the State Administration of Religious Affairs,
At Press Conference Held by the Information Office of the State Council
4 November 1999
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good morning. I am very pleased to meet the press at the invitation
of the Information Office of the State Council.
Three months ago, the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China declared
illegal the Falun Dafa Research Society and the Falun Gong organization under it and
outlawed them. Not long ago, the Standing Committee of the National Peoples Congress adopted the Decision on Outlawing Cults and Preventing and
Cracking Down on Cult Activities. The Supreme Peoples
Court and the Supreme Peoples Procurotarate publicly made
judicial interpretation of punishment of illegal cult activities. The Peoples Daily carried an article entitled Falun Gong Is a Cult, which
systematically exposes the essential features and dangerous effects of Falun Gong as a
cult. Today, I would like to take this opportunity to brief you on the cult.
- Li Hongzhi has advocated the Doomsday theory on many occasions and
created a panic atmosphere. This is an essential feature of a cult.
Shoko Asahara, founder of the Aum Doomsday Cult, Jones, founder of
the Peoples Temple, Koresh, founder of the Branch of
Davidians, and Luc Jouret, founder of the Solar Temple, all advocated the Doomsday theory
in different ways.
Like these cult founders, Li Hongzhi has also predicted the imminent
end of the earth and that he alone can postpone the explosion of the earth and send people
to the heaven. He has deceived Falun Gong practitioners into believing that he has many
versions of self to protect them and he has installed a wheel of law in the belly of his
followers in an attempt to control their mind.
- Li has made up many anti-science and anti-human civilization
absurdities in an attempt to deceive and control Falun Gong practitioners. He has claimed
that the scientific common sense of this world is all wrong, his Falun Dafa alone is the
right law and super science, and his followers would acquire supernatural capabilities as
long as they persist in practicing Falun Dafa. He has negated Newtons universal gravitation, and said that if Newtons theory were right, the earth would have long been drawn to the sun. He is
even so disrespectful of his parents as to say that he created them.
- Li has advocated that Falun Gong practitioners must not take medicine
and preached the so-called karma-eliminating fallacy. He has concocted a survey report of
ten thousand practitioners and fabricated cases of illnesses cured by practicing Falun
Gong. Li has said that medicine is a dirty thing and that a pious follower of Falun Gong
never falls ill. He has claimed that the power achieved by practicing Falun Gong can
automatically eliminate viruses and karma. If one takes medicine, he could push back
karma, making it impossible to cleanse his body and hence to cure his diseases. If one
gets over this, he will become a superman. After the relevant departments in China made
public that the practice of Falun Gong had led to more than 1,400 deaths, Li, who is
residing abroad, has repeatedly denied that he has instructed his followers not to take
any medicine or medication. However, truth is undeniable. Numerous facts have shown that
many practitioners have lost their lives only because they believed in Lis fallacies.
- Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization have been involved in a
host of illegal activities. Should anyone disapprove of, or just utter some negative
remarks about Falun Gong, Li Hongzhi and his Falun Gong organization would, under the
pretext of "seeking a clarification" or "safeguarding Falun Dafa",
mastermind and instigate large-scale illegal gatherings to besiege and harass government
institutions, media and schools, taking revenge on and staging demonstrations against the
society. These activities have seriously disrupted the public order, disturbed the normal
life of the people and infringed upon their freedom of speech and personal safety. As is
known to all, since the besiege in August 1996 of the office of Guangming Daily by
Falun Gong organization directed by Li Hongzhi, there have been 78 illegal demonstrations
, each of over 300 participants. On 25 April 1999, he masterminded and organized the
unlawful gathering of more than 10,000 people around Zhongnanhai, the seat of the Central
Government. Moreover, Li Hongzhi has made a fortune out of Falun Gong illegally. Most of
his ill-gotten wealth has evaded tax.
Li Hong zhi has spread many fallacies and absurdities and produced
huge amount of audio-visual products. Today, I am showing you only a few of them.
The Chinese Government cannot sit back and do nothing about Falun
Gong, a cult organization that has seriously endangered the society. To indulge such a
cult is tantamount to reaction to science, blasphemy against civilization and trampling on