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What is meant by "Outside Issue" in Alcoholics Anonymous and how is it tied to "Controversy" in Tradition 10? What is considered a "non-outside issue" in AA?

Tradition 10 - Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176

Tradition 10 - All history affords us the spectacle of striving nations and groups finally torn asunder because they were designed for, or tempted into, controversy.

12&12 Tradition Ten, p.176

AA Tradition 10 - In this respect, we do not enter into public controversy, because we know that our Society will perish if it does.

Tales of the absurd in Alcoholics Anonymous. Charles Abbott of Aspen Colorado (AA Area 10 District 14) after allegedly assaulting 75 year old man in AA meeting on May 9, 2015, brings a stuffed Owl to court as his defense...

Aspen defendant enlists stuffed animal as his attorney

Charles Abbott came to court Tuesday with a stuffed animal and placed it on the defense table in front of him.

“He’s a very sensitive guy, has law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford,” Abbott told Pitkin County Court Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely. “I think he’ll be able to represent me before a public defender comes online.”

FREE 2015 Film events by REEL Recovery Film Fest and Alcohol Justice

Girl On The Edge
A Film by Jay Silverman
San Francisco Premiere
7 P.M. June 11, 2015
New People Cinema

How I Got Over
A Film by Nicole Boxer
10 A.M. June 13, 2015
Smith Rafael Film Center

The Wisdom To Know the Difference
A Film by Daniel Baldwin
San Francisco Premiere
8 P.M. June 12, 2015
New People Cinema

Source: https://alcoholjustice.org/projects/reel-recovery-film-festival

Police Taser unruly patron outside of Sonoma County Alano Club, 1050 Petaluma Blvd. N. Petaluma, CA - AA Service Area 06 District 12

Man throwing punches at Petaluma alcoholics anonymous club stunned by Taser, arrested

April 29, 2015, 9:03AM

Petaluma police said a man who punched a worker in the face at an alcoholics anonymous club was then hit with a police Taser barb when he took a fighting stance and taunted an officer to fire the shock weapon.

Is the tide turning in the US Senate towards medical TV advice? Claire McCaskill Slams Dr. Oz for Hawking 'Miracle' Products - peer Doctors want Dr. Oz fired from Columbia University Staff

Published on Jun 18, 2015
During a Senate panel on deceptive advertising for the weight loss products Dr. Oz has pioneered in the field of hawking products that are not actually proven to help people lose weight.

Does this sound like AA double speak? Does this sound like AA hawking cures by other TV personalities?

Whay is said and seen at an AA meeting stays at the meeting, unless of course you are the brother of Nevada Senator Harry Reid in AA Service Area 42 New Years Eve 2015


Was Harry Reid really pummeled by a relative?

Capitol Police refuse to confirm or deny 'accident' claim
Published: 6 days ago
By Garth Kant

WASHINGTON – Skeptics have begun to openly doubt the explanation Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has given about the severe injuries to his face, and the questions have become especially pointed as possible new information has come to light.

If you join Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or any 12 Step group you will be expected to recruit more members. They will attempt to make sure you end up in "Jails","institutions" or "death". It says so in Chapter 5 of "The Big Book".

In Chapter 5 of the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous that Bill Wilson compiled from various members of early AA and the Oxford Group it explained the main idea in AA (and other 12 Step Groups using the 12 Steps, Traditions, etc...) If you become a member of a 12 Step Group such as AA you are expected to search out "Alcoholics" (or any 12 Step Group prospect and get them to join the group) in order for you to get better, otherwise you will relapse.

Disease Theory of Alcoholism - A head full of AA (Part 2)

Published on Mar 14, 2015
The highly religious organization alcoholics anonymous, which believes in the disease theory, and gets recruits from courts houses, doctor offices, rehabs, and jails, etc., is known for it's members claims that they have a disease that only they can understand and that they can help someone who has it.

Disease Theory of Alcoholics Anonymous

Published on Mar 11, 2015
Alcoholics Anonymous and 12 Step programs claim that addiction is a disease that you are powerless over, yet they have no proof of this claim and refuse to admit that addiction is a choice. Instead they claim that it is a spiritual malady that needs a spiritual solution that no other known disease needs. Can you name any other 'disease" that praying to a god of our own choosing can fix?

Leonard Neel arrested for bringing loaded sawed off .22 rifle to Wichita Falls, Texas "Something New" Narcotics Anonymous meeting and has shotgun in car as backup

Man Arrested With Gun At Narcotics Meeting

Posted: Mar 02, 2015 3:42 AM UTC Updated: Mar 03, 2015 1:33 AM UTC

Police have released the name of a man who police say showed up with a gun to Something New, a narcotics anonymous meeting, Sunday night. Leonard Victor Neel has been charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.

Wichita Falls police say it happened at the corner of Avenue J and Grant.

60 Minutes tells the Oxford House Story

Uploaded on Dec 3, 2009

http://PatrickNeilBarber.com Sedona "Would you be shocked to learn that a bunch of recovering alcoholics and addicts would like to rent the house next door to you?" "Well the man who would like to make that happen is Paul Molloy. Why does he want to put those people next door to you? And who is he anyway?"

Alcoholics Anonymous & The Powerless Problem - The whole truth

Published on Jul 11, 2013
A breakdown of the first 3 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and why the powerless concept doesn't work, some basic history, some questions, and some common sense. A list of alternative non 12 Step websites are included at the end.

Do 24-hour detox centers hurt neighboring properties?

“If we are not careful we will become the detox center of the nation,” warns Kelly Smallridge, CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. / Damon Higgins, PB Post

February 16, 2015 | Filed in: Children/Families, Drugs, Florida, Housing, Tourism.

Not a week goes by that Boynton Beach’s planning and zoning director doesn’t get a call from someone looking to open a detox or rehab center in the city.

How Is Recovery Portrayed on TV - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Nurse Jackie is an American medical dark satirical comedy-drama series. It premiered on Showtime on June 8, 2009.[1][2] The show's seventh and final season will premiere April 12, 2015.[3]

How Is Recovery Portrayed on TV - Mom (CBS)

Mom is an American sitcom that premiered on September 23, 2013, on CBS. The series stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney and was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, as well as Gemma Baker. On March 13, 2014, CBS announced the second season renewal of Mom.[1]

How Is Recovery Portrayed on TV - Shameless (Showtime)

Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville[1][2][3] neighborhood on the South Side, although filmed in Los Angeles, with the exterior scenes filmed in Chicago.[4]

Cognitive Dissonance in Alcoholics Anonymous - an Eye Opener

Published on Feb 16, 2015
Using Leon Festinger theory of cognitive dissonance I dissect relevant and common attitudes held by AA members about recovery, as well as explain some of the dangers of cognitive dissonance in AA/12 Step.

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Honest History 3 - Bullying is rampant

Published on Jan 30, 2015
Somehow AA members' learn along the way that carrying the message involves bullying. Does AA attract bullies or create them? Or both? This third installment is about current online trolls, those harassing ex-AA members online, and making fun of different modes of recovery. Is this what AA was like in the beginning, or did it turn into this? Watch and find out.

Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) find possible murder by buckshot at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, FL - you can run but you can't hide

In yet another revelation from the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, FL, researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) unearth more questions about this "troubled teen" camp. USF has until the end of 2015 to discover what actually happened in this "camp." Please talk to your congressmen and lawmakers to extend this deadline.

Have we heard this before? Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Oklahoma Metro recovery group responds to charges of sexual battery against former member Antonio Maldonado Dec. 2014- Jan. 2015

Metro recovery group responds to charges filed against former member

Posted: Dec 30, 2014 11:36 PM UTC Updated: Jan 20, 2015 11:36 PM UTC
By: Thabie Sibanda, Fox 25 Reporter

Members from a “Narcotics Anonymous” group are responding to sexual battery charges filed against a former member.

The 13th Step - Predators in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Published on Jan 21, 2015
This is about how 3 women were harmed by predatory men in AA. Two were children ages 4 and 5 and one women was targeted by a sexual predator in Ohio.


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