(Clearwisdom.net) The horrific persecution against Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party has lasted for 10 years. Falun Gong practitioners have been continuously, peacefully and rationally protesting the persecution for 10 years. More and more people are learning the truth of the persecution, supporting Falun Gong, and condemning the atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party.
On July 9, 2009, Mayor Bill Hennessy of the City of O'Fallon, Missouri, proclaimed July 20, 2009, as World Falun Dafa Day. The proclamation states that the free exercise of one's beliefs is an essential right and the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners is an attack on basic human rights and should not be tolerated anywhere in the world.
City of O'Fallon, Missouri
World Falun Dafa Day
July 20th, 2009
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 teaches 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 in China where practitioners of this regenerative faith have had their rights denied and have been 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.
Therefore, Bill Hennessy, Mayor, and the City Council of the City of O'Fallon, hereby proclaim July 20th, 2009 as
World Falun Dafa Day
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the City of O'Fallon, Missouri, to be affixed this 9th day of July in the year 2009.
Bill Hennessy, Mayor