Associated Press (AP) appears to be soft-peddling Falun Gong and its leader Li Hongzhi.

In an AP report about the sentencing of Falun Gong devotees regarding a series of criminal break-ins the movement was described as “a mix of slow-motion exercise and doctrines drawn from Buddhism and Taoism and the ideas of its founder, Li Hongzhi.”

But why doesn’t the AP report in-depth about Hongzhi’s “ideas”?

Hongzhi’s “ideas” include a racist philosophy and homophobia. And supernatural claims that he can levitate, become invisible and knows the secrets of the universe.

Hongzhi also believes that space aliens are “embedding technology in human minds…[to] control thoughts.”

And this forms the basis for an alleged conspiracy which relegates ”mixing the races of humans” to a plot by “aliens make humans cast off gods.”

Hongzhi’s homophobia has reached venal proportions. He once stated publicly that gay people will be ”eliminated” by ”the gods.”

The Falun Gong founder also says that physical illnesses are the result of an individual’s misdeeds. And he has written, “The only way to find yourself comfortably free of illnesses, is through cultivation practice!”

The Chinese government says Hongzhi’s approach to health has taken its toll through the deaths of many of his followers.

So why doesn’t the AP simply discuss in detail what Hongzhi’s “ideas” are all about? For the AP to do otherwise seems somewhat misleading.


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