Has Alcoholics Anonymous Lost its way?Written by Ted W.
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Times have changed since then. All references to Holy Bible have been taken out of later editions of Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and not by accident. But that’s not all. AA has a tradition which states: “No AA group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate AA, express any opinion on outside controversial issues” Despite this fact, AA has taken a position of subtly and not so subtly endorsing homosexuality. There are many examples but one will suffice. Contrast that previous statement by an early AA with this statement by a modern AA: In A.A. today, I know sober leather fans, transvestites, and members of every other sexual group there is. But only important thing here is that we are all human beings, all alcoholics, and all in A.A. together.* The sad fact is that Gay Rights movement has infiltrated Alcoholics Anonymous and its literature. Being Gay is equated with being Jewish, Black, or Native American on Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Website: http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/english/E_Pamphlets/P-13_d1.html Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Gays and Lesbians out to be excluded from AA, but only told that sin is sin. Anything less is a disservice to everyone, and contrary to will of Creator whose blessing we all seek.
AA has lost its way, and should promptly admit its wrong.
*The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, First edition **My name is Padric, and I'm and Alcoholic (gay)
Ted W. is a long time (20+ years)memeber of Alcoholics Anonymous. He publishes a blog at http://Christianrecovery.blogspot.com
Passing The TorchWritten by Virginia Bola, PsyD
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As children, we saw pictures and heard stories of Nazi Holocaust and wept in disbelief, guilt, and shame. The entire world swore that it would never happen again even while Soviet Empire was killing millions of its own citizens. 60 years after megalomania of Hitler was crushed, world is still filled with hate and violence. Barbed wire festers across too many bloody and doomed landscapes.
Where shall we find a new and better generation to carry our torch into a brighter future? We look to our children, busy playing violent video games, listening to hate rock music, and watching destructive films where carnage and will to power reign supreme. Are these to be world's saviors?
Mankind falters along evolutionary road that brought us out of swamps and created a world of luxury, knowledge, and immense creativity. Our goal must always be to stamp out evil destructiveness that seems to be an integral part of being human, while nurturing civilization, intelligence, willingness to give and take, and love and forgiveness that is also part of our complex nature.
On January 1, we are 5 years into new millennium. It has not been an auspicious beginning. It is up to us to stand up and be counted. By our lives, by every act we do, by every word we speak, we must bear witness to beauty, creativity, and altruism of mankind and forever disavow base part of our beings which has held sway for far, far too long.
Happy New Year.
Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the results of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at http://drvirginiabola.blogspot.com