Santa Vs Falun
Falun Dafa go to court over Santa Parade
Organisers of the Farmers Santa Parade face a last-minute hitch because the Chinese group Falun Dafa has gone to court for the right to take part. The organisers say Falun Dafa is politically motivated and should not be allowed to join in. Falun Dafa yesterday filed for a judicial review of the ban in the High Court at Auckland. The parade is set to take place on November 30.
Hmmmm – I’m all for holding China to account for the appalling human rights abuses handed out to members of this strange little religion (they think their leader can fly like Criss Angel, and don’t start me on their ancient nuclear reactors) but I really don’t get why they should be included in the Santa Parade of all things in the exact same way I don’t think Greenpeace or Amnesty International would be appropriate at the Santa Parade, but then again I also think it's inappropriate for large brands to have floats as well.