I have no idea why the government in China is so against the the things that this religion stands for, but they are determined to wipe out the followers, that's for sure!
Falun Gong Persecutions
Falun Gong is a relatively recent Chinese quasi-religion based around core values of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, as well as exercises designed to improve health and energy. But for millions of its followers in China, their beliefs can get them put in prison or even killed.
Since July 22, 1999, practicing Falun Gong in China is against the law. China even has their own security department, 6-10 Office, which deals exclusively with suppressing the religion. Among other horrors, the 6-10 Office has been accused of sending people to work 20 hours a day in “reform camps,” force-feeding saline solutions into prisoner’s noses, and tying people in excruciating positions for days on end. There have even been accounts of people practicing Falun Gong having their organs removed for quick, in-demand organ transplants.
Over the past 14 years, since the ban on the religion began, over 3,428 deaths have been reported, with the numbers continuing to rise. The persecution continues to this day.
Living in a country that allows us to worship in any fashion that we want seems better every day when you hear about something like this, don't you think?
Coffee out on the patio today. I'm hoping for a clear morning, but showers in the afternoon!