This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Falun Gong Shop of Horrors

I never heard of Falun Gong before today.  The government of China is planning to censor the internet during the Olympic games--they don't want reporters and athletes tapping in to the "malicious" propaganda of the Falun Gongers.  Falun Gong is a quasi-religion (but not exactly) that emphasizes spiritual, mystical, and metaphysical topics.  

I didn't realize groups other than Christians were facing widespread persecution.  Whatever they believe, they aren't a BIT popular with the powers-that-be in China. These FG folks are being sent to Chinese "gulags" where they're being tortured and are even having their organs harvested on the spot.  (If they are a match to someone with a medical need, they're zapped with potassium to stop their hearts and the required organs or tissues are removed on the spot.  Not cool.)

The Olympics seem less and less appealing with every day's news.  I'm thinking China wasn't such a great choice for the Games this year.  


Diane Davis said...

How does "the olympic committee" decide where the olympics will be held? Are those pesky little things called "human rights" even considered?

Don said...

Apparently not, Diane. Are you familiar with the FG?

Diane Davis said...

no, i've never heard of that group.

i did have some thoughts on this same subject a couple of months ago. the torch was passing through SF and there were protests against the olympics because of tibet. i guess i think people should be more involved in the planning phases rather than being reactionary to want to cancel the olympic games after the place has been established.

with that said, i'm not sure about what goes into the decision of picking a host city.