United States: Falun Dafa Practitioners Introduced to the Utah House of Representatives

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Utah State Representative Jay Seegmiller, District 49, asked for Personal Privilege during the 2010 General Session of the Utah State Legislature to introduce Falun Dafa practitioners to the House of Representatives on February 10, 2010.

Representative Seegmiller asked the Utah practitioners present to stand when he began his speech. He said, "Yes, I would like to recognise in the gallery a small contingency of Falun Dafa practitioners. I believe you will find on your desk a small gift from them, a calendar, which I think is quite appropriate with Chinese New Year being on Sunday.

"Falun Dafa's moral and spiritual traditions are deeply rooted in Buddhism and Taoism, which have pervaded and shaped Chinese culture for millennia. Sadly, this practice is being severely persecuted in communist China today.

"In fact one of the Falun Dafa practitioners in the audience was actually sent to a labour camp when her child was one year old because of her refusal to denounce her beliefs, and so I would just like to recognise the Falun Dafa practitioners, one of which lives in my district.

Thank you."

The Utah practitioners present were sincerely touched by the heartfelt applause and standing ovation from the representatives.

Senator Karen Morgan distributed the calendars and information sheet about the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China to the 29 Utah state senators.

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