"Plead for the widow, defend the fatherless [Is 1:17]" Vs. "hit a dog while she is in water "
(My reflection on the attitude of people of Hong Kong during the Falon Gong incident)


When you come to appear before me, who requires of you, this trampling of my courts? Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and the calling of assemblies - I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. You new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good, seek justice, correct oppression, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow."
[Is 1:12-17]

During the cultural revolution, many people were wronged or thrown into prison (or even killed), or had their properties plundered. Many rose up to be powerful and rich. The saying "hit a dog while he is in water " was common then.

When China labeled the Falon Gong evil cult, and some reporters in Hong Kong asked Anson Chan, the Chief Secretary then, about this. She replied, "So long as they keep the Law of Hong Kong, they may continue their activities in Hong Kong."

I am of the same view. Hong Kong is a place of "rule of Law". Anyone who doesn't break the Law is free to do whatever he likes. Hence practicing those breathing exercise coupled with "Tai Chi exercise" is not lawless acts - those of murder, rape, stealing, slander, malicious persecution, ... are.

When some "Falon Gong" members burnt themselves with petrol in Beijing, some tourists captured the incident in video. The video was later broadcasted on TV. TV in Hong Kong showed only a small portion, TV in foreign countries showed more (TV in Hong Kong re-broadcast some foreign news in the morning every day). I saw a man sitting on the ground in buddha's manner of sitting, himself in flames. Some policemen in the square rushed towards him, and used fire extinguisher and blanket to drown the fire. The man forcefully removed the blanket, he refused to be saved, he wanted to die.

I sensed that a person would not have done this unless he felt some terrible injustice. What happened to those Falon Gong members in China, we, people in Hong Kong, knew little. I also remembered many years ago, during the Vietnam war, many buddhists burned themselves up in flames in Saigon.

There were also a Falon Gong woman who took her child and burnt themselves up in that incident. She was criticized by prominent people in Hong Kong, citing that Falon Gong members were acting irrationally, and should be carefully watched. The question in my mind is :"WHERE IS HER HUSBAND ? IS SHE A WIDOW ? IS HER HUSBAND A FALON GONG MEMBER AND HAD BEEN ARRESTED ? "

When Mrs. Robinson, the High Commissioner of Human Rights, UN, visited China, she said "The Falon Gong members have their individual rights." The practice of "labeling" some sector of community as evil, and then persecute indiscriminately everyone in that sector, was common during the cultural revolution, and during the Nazi era.

In a "rule by Law" country, everyone should be trialed for the ACTION he has done, and not just because he is of a sector labeled "evil". "One Law for All" should be the guiding motto, and, "true justice to the widow and orphan". Everyone should be familiar with the Law of GOD and not Roman type of Law which favors the rich and powerful.

Law should be true justice and should endure to eternity. Human decrees are not. Aung San Suu Kyi (a Burmese), wrote in "Freedom from Fear" - "Decrees designed to expedite repressive measures against those who resist the erosion of rights... cannot be said to have either the moral force or the legal sanction necessary to elevate mere edicts to the status of just laws."

Chinese people would usually not dare to speak out, for fear of being persecuted should they do so. And many would join the side which is powerful. But our guiding motto should be "right or wrong in the sight of LORD, and NOT, good or evil to us". Fear the Almighty and not fear flesh - Almighty can administer justice, through His angels, to a degree never imagined by men, and is able to save too, to a degree thought impossible by men. Remember how David evaded capture by Saul, when Saul was king over Israel and sought his life. On many occasions, when David was about to be captured, LORD turned the people away.

I am not saying that you should turn against China. LORD has given authority to them to rule over China, and you should respect LORD's decision. LORD had numerous angels under him to decide which regime should stand and which regime should fall, and LORD can see every thing that happens on earth, and we should respect LORD's decisions. But that is not to say you cannot reason with high party officials in China, or to write letters to them, or to tell them what you have seen or heard.

When the Foreign Minister of China visited USA, his press secretary held a press conference. A person said to the press secretary, "The persecution of Falon Gong has caused many difficulties to family members." We should be bold to reflect the sufferings of others.

To conclude, I quote from the Bible,

The words of Lemuel, king of Massa, which his mother taught him:

What, my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows?

Give not your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink; lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more.

Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all who are left desolate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, maintain the rights of the poor and needy. [Prov 31:1-9]

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