Comments on: Waiter, There‚Äôs Woo in My Food, Part 5: Falun Gong http://skepticalvegan.com/2013/09/03/waiter-theres-woo-in-my-food-part-5-falun-gong/ Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:53:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.com/ By: skepticalvegan http://skepticalvegan.com/2013/09/03/waiter-theres-woo-in-my-food-part-5-falun-gong/#comment-3611 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:29:32 +0000 http://skepticalvegan.wordpress.com/?p=1144#comment-3611 Thank you for your kind response Rich. Yes, that is something that people should be aware of, just as despite some passages in the Christan bible about intermarriage and homosexuality many practicing Christians are of mixed race and/or gay. I am however concerned that Falun Gong may have been liberalized in recent years to gain wider appeal, or that those teaching may have been downplayed, regardless the words are still there and in some places it may still retain such socially conservative beliefs. Im also not sure its just an issue of exclusion from practice (which as you mention isnt the case) but rather that the ideas about race ans sex themselves are harmful socially and psychologically because the reinforce social systems and personal interactions based on the idea that homosexuality is anything other than normal human behavior, or that women are anything but equal, or that there is any real separation between races. Even without actual discrimination against them words like “filthy” are hurtful to gay people, likewise for statements Li has made on race and sex.

I hope you understand that I just personally have concerns about many different beliefs systems and like to investigation them. In the end I do disagree with many of the social and metaphysical teachings. However I hold no ill will toward practitioners of Falun Gong and as I mentioned in the post they even fed me while I was homeless so my personal interactions are nothing but positive. Nothing Ive written should be taken as an endorsement of the Chinese policy on Falun Gong.

Again, thanks for the reply. I wish you and other practitioners the best of luck in fighting for your personal and religious freedom.

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By: Rich http://skepticalvegan.com/2013/09/03/waiter-theres-woo-in-my-food-part-5-falun-gong/#comment-3601 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 09:12:29 +0000 http://skepticalvegan.wordpress.com/?p=1144#comment-3601 Thank you for writing such a thorough analysis of the issues surrounding the practice and persecution of Falun Dafa. I understand your concerns about certain aspects of its teachings, and just thought you might find it interesting that despite the controversy many mixed race (I’m on of them), homosexual and women (the vast majority) continue to practice and enjoy its physical and mental benefits.

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