For over a year I had some suspicion that AA was connected to freemasonry in some way and a few weeks ago that was confirmed as I learned that the other founder of AA Dr. Bob was a freemason. I personally find this rather disturbing.
The things that made me question this possibility:
In both AA and Freemasonry it is required that you believe in "a god" or higher power.
AA and Masonic symbols are similar. Both organizations espouse "spirituality".
The reason I find this disturbing has to do with several things. The first of which involve my personal interactions with my family members. I have had family members who were masons and others who were alcoholics and later members of AA. There was abusive behavior from both "goups"
In healing my own life from the abuse experienced at the hands of the masons and alcoholic family members I have done much research into both organizations seperately. There is virtually nothing availbale to research connecting the two organizations other than the fact of Bob being a mason. But the similarities in cult programming are present in both groups. Incidently in researching Freemasonry it is pretty easy to see it's involvement in other religions and cults such as Mormonism and of course scientology. These observations and speculations I find disturbing because if Freemasonry is spawning these "front groups" then the cult programming of AA is deeper than innitially suspected.
Wondering if any of you have any thoughts, information or even experiences regarding this information that you could share with me?