First off – i’m an atheist and i hate cults. Cult defined in a very limited term, for while i think religion is irrational i acknowledge the civic benefits it can provide.
Second – i’m not too keen on totalitarian/authoritarian government either.
Enter this problem. Falun Dafa, a QiGong practitioner group founded on the millenarist philosopical principles of Li Hongzhi. For all intents and purposes – a pseudo-scientific mystical cult.
On the otherside, the Chinese government, a model of authoritarianism that persecutes whatever group it wishes.
Question for you all:
If you had to choose (emphasis the had, no cop-out neutral statements) – Where would your sympathies lie?
The irrational cult or the monolithic government entity?
Your premise is incorrect. Falun Gong is not an “irrational cult,” and has gathered many adherents. The atheistic state of China refuses to allow any religion or practice that runs counter to its philosophy to be allowed to proliferate (that includes “too much” Christianity). This has been much the case in mose atheistic states during the past 100 years. The totalitarianism has never fully stamped out the practice of the faithful.