美国众议院 查尔斯. 冈萨雷斯
Charles A. Gonzalez, Member of Congress
327 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4320
April 6, 2000
To Whom It May Concern:
I would like to convey my concern over the Chinese government's actions against the practitioners of Falun Gong. In July 1999, Falun Gong was outlawed and followers of the teachings have been persecuted. Since that time, many followers have been jailed and tortured for refusing to discontinue the practice of Falun Gong.
Falun Gong is an exercise regimen that includes meditation and moral teachings to guide practitioners to better physical well-being, emotional tranquility and a better understanding of the purpose of life. Its teachings espouse the virtues of compassion, forbearance, and truthfulness.
As Americans, I believe we should recognize Falun Gong's followers' rights of freedom of speech and religion. Our history supports that such basic freedoms constitute the greatest strength of a nation. China should recognize this essential tenet of responsible government and desist from persecuting Falun Gong practitioners.
Charles A. Gonzalez
Member of Congress