I don’t like Falun Gong, which I regard as a crazy manipulative cult. And I don’t like the Chinese government, which I regard as a repressive capitalist dictatorship. These two organisations, in turn, hate each other. And it looks like someone in the Chinese government is trying to use me to disseminate anti-FG propaganda.

This morning I received two letters from people claiming to be FG members trying to convert me. Neither letter is very long. Both contain loudly racist statements about black people and “mix-blood”. It is a matter of public record that my wife is Chinese and that we have a child. So I guess the gamble here was that I’d be angered by the racism and publish an anti-FG screed quoting the letters.

FG’s prophet actually has made some racist statements, but they are peripheral ideas in the movement and certainly not something a FG proselytiser would shove in someone’s face when making a first contact. They’re religiously deluded, but that doesn’t mean that they’re stupid.


  1. #1 Birger Johansson
    June 23, 2011

    Crude. BTW FG is hostile to LGBT people, but so is the Chinese government.

    Three years ago I found an article from Canada stating that there was a substantial mismatch between the number of transplant organs available in China throgh “legal” means (including executions of the “donors”) and the number of organ transplants actually performed, indicating a “black” source of thousands of organs.
    The article quoted testimonies that Falun Gong activists in prison were “harvested” to death for organs in a lucrative trade involving Chinese authorities and private transplant clinics. It is difficult for me to verify the claims, but considering the many and varied other atrocities the Party has performed since 1949, I think they are quite capable of anything…

    Also, Swedish and German readers may be familiar with the book by Xiao Rundcrantz, a former member of the prosecutor’s office in China. She testified about systematic corruption and civil rights abuse in China.

    “a repressive capitalist dictatorship”
    Yep. They have dropped the pretence of social justice, leaving the state in charge of building autostradas and making trains go on time (re-inventing a 1920s ideology from the ruins of communism).
    Or, to quote Goebbels: “Why socialise the companies? We will socialise the people instead!”

  2. #2 Birger Johansson
    June 23, 2011

    On the topic of ridding society from troublesome religious minorities:
    “Jewish bodies found in medieval well in Norwich” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13855238 Archaeology as a tool for uncovering crimes.

  3. #3 12jjyz
    June 23, 2011

    Why is Falun Gong manipulative? How? Where? Please provide some evidence for this claim. It seems like something that the author simply made up.

  4. #4 Martin R
    June 23, 2011

    Good to see that at least you’re OK with the labels “crazy” and “cult”.

  5. #5 Roger Pearse
    June 23, 2011

    Interesting — thank you for letting us all know about this. I know nothing about Falun Gong, I have to say. But it is interesting that the state apparatus is active in this way. What else is it doing, I wonder?

  6. #6 Jack
    June 24, 2011

    This can tell you what the cult is, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party http://ninecommentaries.com/ .
    Falun Gong Spreads Truthfulness, Benevolence, and Forbearance , you don’t like, where wiil you go? Mayan Calendar http://youtu.be/YhTjrQSfWCs can tell you.

  7. #7 Martin R
    June 24, 2011

    Falun Gong also teaches that its ex-army-trumpeter prophet is immortal and can fly.

  8. #8 Johan Levin
    June 24, 2011

    How annoying being used like that, and being taken for an idiot that won’t see through it…

  9. #9 Martin R
    June 24, 2011

    Or maybe the letters were sent by really smart Falun Gong devotees who hoped I would denounce Falun Gong and then they could criticise me for poor source criticism. (-;

  10. #10 Marcin
    June 25, 2011

    I think some of the people commenting didn’t really understand what you wrote. It was a nice read and pretty good journalism.

    Even though FG might be “crazy and manipulative” (I personally don’t share this view), no person or group deserves the treatment they face in changed.

  11. #11 Marcin
    June 25, 2011

    correction: last word “changed” should be “China”

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