writing to express my strong distaste for the advertisement
in the New York Times on September 6, 2000.
The advertisement was described as an open
letter by "U.S. Falun Gong practitioners and friends of
Falun Gong" to Chinese President Jiang Zemin who was
then in New York to participate in the United Nations
sensational accusations and venomous innuendo, the letter
attacks China's one-year-old ban of Falun Gong, an evil cult
that was responsible for over 1600 deaths, 651 cases of
mental disorder and thousands of shattered families in
China. The bleak picture it portrays about a handful of
zealots obscures the fact that 98% of the one time
two-million followers have since broken away from the group.
At the same the time, it offers a glimpse at the cult's
frightening capacity of mind control which, as we have seen,
turns not so few practitioners into willing cannon fodder
for Li Hongzhi.
deserves to know more about Falun Gong, and especially why
China's overwhelming majority, including its 100 million
strong religious communities, want nothing to do with it. A
newspaper with a high stature as the New York Times could be
in a good position to enlighten and educate, unless it
should choose to succumb to pressure from ideologically
driven forces of China bashers.