8.11.1. Why does Ciro Santilli say that democracy is a religion just like Falun Gong? (为什么三西猴说民主就像法轮功一样是一种宗教?)

Because it also specifies irrational and fundamental aspects of how one should live, notably voting and freedom of speech.

Just like the CCP cult (中共邪教) has one fundamental belief: the Party is always right.

Ban Falun Gong (法轮功, Qigong new religion/cult), and you have banned democracy.

Accept democracy, and you will have Falun Gong (法轮功, Qigong new religion/cult).

There is no in-between.