Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Falun Gong dismissed from Tulip Festival

In a move that prides celebration over protest and division, Ottawa's Tulip Festival organizers have dismissed Falun Gong from their festival. The Tulip Festival isn't a venue for protest: imagine if native groups were marching for land rights or Greenpeace started marching with anti-seal hunt banners.

I recall past Santa Claus Parades in Toronto where Falun Gong was also a participant. When their marching band passed, Falun Gong activists passed out leaflets to parents and children promoting their cause. Organizers in Toronto ought to take a stand against such political activism in a family event, and put a stop to these ridiculous, thinly-veiled charades.