The Right Way to Recover? Gaslighting and Psychological Manipulation

The Right Way to Recover? Gaslighting and Psychological Manipulation

The term “gaslighting” comes from a 1938 play called “Gaslight,” and it’s a story about a wife and a husband who’s set out…

Conference “Approved”

Conference “Approved”

Many people think the conference approved literature is all we’re allowed to read in the meetings, and there is indeed an issue with that…

Spiritual? Religious? Go figure.

Spiritual? Religious? Go figure.

Making a decision to go to your first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is a major step. Whatever you’ve heard about it—whether you have a…

Some Thoughts About AA in the 21st Century

Some Thoughts About AA in the 21st Century

A couple of days ago it was two years since I had my big surgery. I had cancer, and they took two thirds of my…

AA Myth Busting

AA Myth Busting

Every now and then, someone says that Bill Wilson regretted that he wrote “Rarely have we seen a person fail…” and wished he had written…

One Big Tent Falls Flat for This Reader

One Big Tent Falls Flat for This Reader

My home group in the greater Boise, Idaho area has been a friend of AA Agnostica and AA Beyond Belief for a long time now…

Does The “God Word” Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

Does The “God Word” Pamphlet Need a Name Change?

Hello fellow atheist, agnostic, and freethinking members of AA.  As some of you may know the 2018 General Service Conference decided to publish a US…

Secular AA Values

Secular AA Values

As the secular AA community begins to coalesce around the conference (International Conference Secular AA) and becomes more organized, our collective values are being formed…

Every AA Member Has Alternative Steps-It’s Inevitable.

Every AA Member Has Alternative Steps-It’s Inevitable.

Everyone has developed an alternative version of the steps in their mind. Why is the word “god” still on the steps and traditions banner? Surely…

Everyone Has Alternatives

Everyone Has Alternatives

Stephen is an AfroAmerican living in Australia. Stephen is an atheist. So am I. Akin to sexuality and political orientation, atheism and agnosticism are hidden…

Are Atheist-Thumpers Dividing Secular AA?

Are Atheist-Thumpers Dividing Secular AA?

Are atheist-thumpers dividing Secular AA?  Yes. Rather, it’s those in Secular AA who smear non-believers as “Atheist-Thumpers” that are doing the…

Alcoholics Anonymous Dogged by Dogma and Argument

Alcoholics Anonymous Dogged by Dogma and Argument

“Hi, I’m John, welcome” a kind man said to me as he extended his hand in friendship. Instinctively I responded in kind, saying “I…

Narnialcoholics Anonymous

Narnialcoholics Anonymous

Sometimes, allegories and metaphors derail like invisible elephants in a porcelain shop. But there is no way to break an omelet without aiming for an…

A Call for Better Networking

A Call for Better Networking

We secularists, agnostics, and whatever we may be in AA have made some great strides these last few years, in large measure thanks to the…

Renaming WAAFT IAAC

Renaming WAAFT IAAC

My brother Dick, who led both me and our older brother into AA, died recently, and family members made sure he had various Catholic, Jewish…