(Clearwisdon.net) On February 24 the Takungpao, Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s mouthpiece in Hong Kong, issued an article and openly clamored that Article 23 is being used to cope with Falun Gong. It also cited a statement of the CCP-controlled Hong Kong Cultural Association, claiming that the Hong Kong Falun Gong Association invited "foreign forces" to parade in Hong Kong. It implied that these activities of Falun Gong violated their premise of "do not get involved in politics, do not go against any government, and do not go after any political forces."

Last month the Hong Kong government stated that Article 23 has nothing to do with Falun Gong. However, the article published by Takungpao totally stripped off the mask of Article 23 and exposed its evil nature. The reason that Falun Gong practitioners are against Article 23 is to protect themselves against political persecution. A stance against political persecution does not imply involvement in politics, which would mean the organization of a party, a bid for power, or an attempt to become the ruling party. None of the above, however, has anything to do with Falun Gong. If the stance against political persecution were equal to political activity, then, using the same twisted logic, wouldn't being against robbery also be equal to participating in a robbery?

As for their so-called opposition to the government, Falun Gong has never wanted to overthrow any government. When people in power in the Hong Kong government, out of their personal interest, utilize their power to persecute Falun Gong, Falun Gong of course has the right to censure them. Would it be fair to say that condemning the persecution perpetrated by government employees is the same as overthrowing the government? The money of taxpayers feeds the government. Would anyone say that Falun Gong practitioners pay taxes in order to be persecuted? When government officials use taxpayer's money to help an evil dictator persecute innocent citizens, shouldn't we condemn them?

As for the so-called political forces, because of the worldwide spread of Falun Gong, practitioners from other countries naturally went to Hong Kong to participate in the Hong Kong Falun Gong Experience Sharing Conference and also to express their objection to the hidden motive of Article 23, which is the persecution of Falun Gong. It was the right and proper thing to do and has nothing to do with politics. How can Falun Gong practitioners from other countries be a so-called "overseas political force?" If one follows this logic, could it be said that those who went to Hong Kong to do missionary work also were a political force? Could it further be said that overseas scholars who have gone to Hong Kong to participate in international conferences were a political force?

There is no pursuit of power in the teachings of Falun Gong. In the past few years, Falun Gong has never proposed a political agenda. In the eyes of Falun Gong practitioners, the pursuit power and personal cultivation are two totally different notions. We show respect to all righteous persons who have established political parties or organizations, are involved in politics for the purpose of upholding justice in the world, and care for the suffering of common people. However, Falun Gong, as a purely spiritual belief, has no desire to establish an ideal country in the human world, nor will it participate in these types of activities. Actually, it is partly the nonpolitical nature of Falun Gong that causes people all over the world to welcome it, and that have allowed Falun Gong to stand firm in the face of three years' of brutal and bloody persecution. All of what Falun Gong practitioners are doing is directed against the persecution launched by the evil head of the country. Objectively, it is to maintain justice in the human world, and if viewed from a higher level, it is to secure a bright future for sentient beings.

The so-called "Hong Kong Cultural Association" trades in politics, tries to ingratiate itself with the evil dictator, and assists him in the persecution of kind people. However, when Falun Gong condemns the political persecution, they turn around the blame, alleging that Falun Gong is involved in politics. What twisted logic this is!

February 26, 2003