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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Why all the "AA bashing"? 'innocent'...
it must be harmless!

So, for the record, and to respond to a handful of pouty
critics, I'm addressing why I spend so much focus on the
'bashing' (emphasis theirs) of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Well, let's Keep It Simple.

A.A. is a destructive and insidiously dangerous mis-used
tool that destroys as many lives as alcohol abuse itself.

It is a substitute addiction, and no, it is not a 'good one.'

It is a celebration of pretense and illusion, clinging to
dreamy ideals while avoiding realities and actual needs.

It sets people up to fail. It sets people up to be weak
and dependent. It creates a bullying and intimidation that
says you are 'less than' in its absence. It sets up people
to use externals to make themselves stronger and able to
face challenges.
(Hmmm....that seems familiar.)

I offer reasons why AA is a bad choice.
I promote other means of achieving sobriety.
I recount the horrible experiences I had and what I
witnessed  in the cult.
I 'attack' AA because AA has set itself up as a venerable
provider of something that it is not, and yes, I have taken
it upon myself to set the record straight so that no more
people have to be hurt by their many, many lies and

I'm still against alcohol abuse. And drug abuse. And
religious addiction. And dependent relations. And
ego-minded controlling actions which intimidate and
shame scared, hurting people. And misrepresenting
truth. And substitutional addiction. And hypocrisy
and double standards.

Alcohol is not bad; alcohol abuse is 'bad.'
People are not bad; self-destructive behavior is 'bad.'
AA is thought to have started off halfway okay, but
has been twisted and reduced to a fanatical religion
that avoids rational thinking and truth. No, it was
always a means of expanding the Christian doctrine
stranglehold under another auspices.

AA is not used as a springboard for getting on your
feet and getting well. It is used as an indoctrination
to gain members, for without fresh blood the host
will wither and die. Thus the hyperactive pounce
on newcomers.

A holding pattern of mindless regurgitation is not
healthy, recovery, spiritual, or 'godly.' It is in fact
a bastardization of all those things. In life, change
and growth are the constant; if AA is a spiritual
kindergarten (which is being kind,) why does no
one ever graduate and MOVE ON!?!?

IF AA simply 'worked' for teaching people who like
the idea to change for the better--separate to
themselves--then so be it! But the entire organization
is about religious indoctrination and subversion,
which of course requires targeting new recruits
and repetitively demeaning and subjecting them to
lies. So much for autonomy. No wonder there's a
code of secrecy and silence.

You don't have to be religious or join AA to get well
from addictive and compulsive living. That is my
message; AA is at the foreground of disseminating
the antithesis of that message, and therefore needs
to be discredited and opposed.

Until their subterfuge and dangerousness are common
knowledge, I will continue to speak out.

Thanks for the request for clarity!

Why is AA a cult?

Well, an attacking dog isn't 'actually' safe just because
a guidebook tells you it 'is,' and AA is not a lovey-dovey
Godly program for helping and healing just because they
promote themselves as such (annnnnd have enough pull
and power and prominence to scare most folks from
standing up against them.)

But here's a good piece posted by "Raysny" on the
Yahoo! Question noards, in response to the 'question'
of whether or not AA qualifies.


When they told me that if I left I would die, I had my first
doubts about the program.

*George Vaillant, member of AA's Board of Trustees, calls AA a
 cult in his book, "The Natural History of Alcoholism Revisited" on
page 266:
"AA certainly functions as a cult and indoctrinates its members in
ways common to cults the world over."

*AA historian, Dick B calls AA a cult.

*AA critic, Orange, calls AA cult:
The Cult Test:

I call it cult-like or cult-lite. Mainly because if I call it
a cult, people stop listening.

Whether it is a cult or not is irrelevant. Is it a destructive cult?
It does seem to meet the criteria set by Lipton for a a destructive cult:
-Milieu Control
-Mystical Manipulation
-Demand for Purity
-The Cult of Confession
-The "Sacred Science"
-Loading the Language
-Doctrine Over Person
-Dispensing of Existence

Here's what others think:

The Cult Called A.A.

The Twelve Step Cult:

Alcoholics Anonymous: Of Course It’s a Cult!:

The copyright on the Big Book lapsed, a person can copy
it to their heart's content, even publish their own copy of it.


owner of the Yahoo group "without_aa":

AA's True Legacy

The Apostles of the Divine Reich

So, what are folks left with, in the grand scheme?

After the coffee pots are cleaned and the lights dimmed.

After the factions break up to gossip and seduce and
engage in all their existing compulsive addictions and

After the posturing and lying and self-promotion and
pandering and typical church-impressions have been
doled out.

After newcomers and sensible folk and court appointees
have ceased attending.

The legacy of AA's doctrine, that sticks with a 'person
with alcohol addiction as a result of underlying problems,'
is as follows:

* You are a weak and powerless person.

* You are not strong enough to manage your own life.

* You are morally transgressed and a bad person.

* You are a sinner and a godless person.

* You are without the truthfulness to see what is good.

* You have made a fatal decision to leave the Program.

* You are sentenced to a life of constant drinking.

* You will never be free of the yoke of alcoholism.

* You have a 'disease' and you can't help yourself.

* You are guilty and shameful and confused.

* You cannot trust yourself.

* You cannot recover on your own or without
   spiritual transformation.

* You are not honest enough to be healed/saved.

* You are not smart enough to know what's good and right.
(or, You are 'too smart' for your own good.)

* You are not worthwhile on your own; you need an
eternal, external crutch to be okay.

CONGRATULATIONS!You are a graduate of the most effectively disabling
mind-control cult in the world!

It's the message that keeps on giving! Spreading like
a cancer throughout the land.

The ultimate Pyramid Scheme; Human Lives and souls
are the price of your acceptance and 'progression!'

Because if God 'Himself' is the (purported) co-author
of the divine Big Book, who are lowly, alcoholic, sinning
YOU to think you know anything about your own welfare?

You stupid, dishonest, egotistical, irresponsible, lacking,
immoral piece of garbage you!

Get in line with the shaming and authoritative process
and get your ass controlled!

(Translation of AA material exclusive courtesy of
Truth in Advertising.)