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I was doing some research on cults and found several opinions that Alcoholics’ Anonymous is one of the gang. I had no idea that people hated AA as much as they do.

I found one web page that was particularly critical. I was going to link to it but why the heck would I want to give that cat even more link juice? He already has the top listing in Google.

AA is a Cult Highlights

  • It’s religious (Like all cults) and disrespects “real” religions
  • Anti “smart people” – It’s literature prevents “skepticism”
  • Super Leader –  is considered a “reincarnated Christ”
  • Members are untrained “addiction experts” self proclaimed.
  • Political involvement by the use of taxes to support it’s agenda
  • There is no way to stop drinking except the “God of AA”
  • Gives stigma to a person by promoting a false disease.
  • Amount of “sober time” promotes respect and clout in the community.
  • Violence, harassment, guilt, ETC etc…

Well, I’m getting tired of typing this list.  I could continue writing  for quite awhile,  but I want to watch the Dallas Cowboys game… You dig?

One comment I saw on a blog talks about how a guy’s wife had a drinking problem, started going to AA, met somebody else and had an affair. It’s AA’s fault of course.

“Those people” condone that sort of thing. He said.

AA’s Position

I decided to check out what alcoholics anonymous had to say. What are they all about? I found this “preamble” that is apparently read at the beginning of most meetings worldwide.

I am taking the liberty to highlight some of the words that tend to refute these cult criticisms.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Uh… Well, I guess I rest my case. I saw on Nova one night that AA is the most successful organization at battling the problem of alcoholism/addiction. More success than any other programs combined.

I heard Bill Mar on his TV show one night saying that Christianity is a cult.. “Just a bigger one”

So what? Some cults are better than others  🙂

Jeez what can a hipster do?

Like they say….Keep commin’ back 🙂