City of Chesterfield, Missouri
Whereas: Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is a self improvement practice rooted in ancient Chinese culture and introduced to the general public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi; and
WHEREAS, Falun Dafa consists of four gentle exercises and a meditation that teach the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance (Zhen Shan Ren); and
WHEREAS, Even though Falun Dafa's emphasis on improving one's spiritual, mental and physical health has caused it to spread rapidly across the planet, it is not endorsed n China where practitioners of this regenerative faith have had their rights denied and have tortured for studying Falun Dafa; and
Whereas, The free exercise of one's beliefs is an essential right protected by the United States Constitution and the persecution of the practitioners of Falun Dafa or any other religious or spiritual practice is an attack on basic human rights and should not be tolerated anywhere in the world.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN NAITONS, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHESTERFIELD, MISSOURI, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM, MAY 13, 2002, AS
WORLD FALUN DAFA DAY
IN THE CITY OF CHESTERFIELD
I DO FURTHER PROCLAIM that all citizens exhibit compassion and forbearance to the practitioners of Falun Dafa.
Adopted this 13th day of May 2002
John Nations, Mayor