Daly plays Falun Gong issue
like a Stradivarius
And old women will menstruate again
Falun Gong admirers and detractors gather for six-hour hearing
on Chinese New Year's Parade participation.
Supervisor Chris Daly
By Pat Murphy
January 24, 2006
The Falun Gong seems willing to forego political leafleting in
this year's Chinese New Year Parade if readmitted, San Francisco
Supervisor Chris Daly said last night.
Falun Gong spiritual practitioners were barred from the 2006
parade for allegedly distributing political leaflets as they marched
with the 2004 parade.
In response to the ban, Daly led a six-hour city committee hearing
Monday on claims they were excluded to appease the People's Republic
of China (PRC) which terms the movement an "evil cult."
Speakers packed City Hall Board Chambers with conflicting testimony
before the City Services and Neighborhood Operations Committee.
Although Daly is not a member of that committee, Daly maestroed
committee wariness of the issue mute by using his authority as
resolution author to file it as a committee report.
The action withdraws consideration by the full Board of Supervisors
at its 2:00 p.m. meeting today.
Even so, Daly's resolution set off a maelstrom of both resentment
and praise in San Francisco's Chinese American community - without
the resolution ever once mentioning the Chinese New Year Parade
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Instead, the resolution brought down condemnation on the PRC
for alleged atrocities committed against practitioners - including
torture and murder - and invoked similar Congressional Resolution
Further, it asked the U.S. State Department, the PRC Consulate,
and the Mayor of Shanghai be notified of official San Francisco
Daly long has been at odds with the PRC over the Falun Gong.
In 2001, he drafted a similar PRC condemnation resolution not
adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
The District 6 supervisor recalled that resolution in his opening
"On October 5, 2001, in response to my resolution, Wan Yunxiang,
the Consul General of the People's Republic of China, sent a letter
to our Board President full of disinformation designed to kill
my measure," said Daly.
"In this letter the Consul General states that Falun Gong
is an 'evil cult,' and that 'the Chinese government felt obliged
to ban this cult.'
"To justify their actions, he stated that Falun Gong 'forbids
followers from seeing doctors for medical treatment when they
"It should be noted that Falun Gong practitioners deny this,"
Old women will menstruate again, according to April, 1999 edition
of Zhuan Falun by leader Li Hongzhi.
Hongzhi "deliberately changed his birthday to become the
reincarnation of Shakymuni, the founder of Buddhism," PRC
Consulate General Yunxiang wrote to supervisors in 2001.
Regardless of practitioner beliefs they have the right to express
them, Daly championed Monday.
"The real issue is not the nature of the beliefs of Falun
Gong but whether Falun Gong practitioners are free to have and
express those beliefs," admonished Daly.
Homosexuality causes black substances in the body creating illness,
according to Hongzhi.
Whatever belief animates mind and body of practitioners, the
parade was carefully crafted to be non-political, countered parade
chairman Wayne Hu.
Parade general chairman Wayne Hu
They were dropped from the 2006 parade because they handed out
political pamphlets in the 2004 event march, Hu said.
He explained early decision to keep the parade non-political
was made to allow full Chinese American community participation
- a community long divided over divergent allegiance to the PRC
and the Republic of Taiwan.
If eyes could kill
Daly's tactic of closing the resolution throws the issue squarely
back into the lap of the Falun Gong and the San Francisco Chinese
Chamber of Commerce which oversees the parade.
"I would concur and I would urge Falun Gong...not to leaflet
along the parade route and I think that if that request is asked
it would be accomodated - at least that's my understanding from
some of my discussions with leaders in Falun Gong..." concluded