Well depending on what argument they’re making or what position they’re trying to defend, they will claim that “It” refers to either the content of the 12 Steps or the actual “meetings” themselves.
The cognitive dissonance displayed by these people is both alarming and intentionally dishonest. If you logically shoot down one of the above defenses, they will immediately switch to the other one. I’ll dismantle the faulty logic and lack of efficacy for both definitions of “It” in parts 2&3 but for now, let’s just look at some more of the ridiculous assertions made by the AA Apologist.
1) “AA is ‘spiritual’ not religious!” The defense here is that Step 2 states “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” The AA apologist will defiantly state something along the lines of; “See, that power doesn’t have to be God, it can be anything, even the fellowship of AA itself!”
While that’s a scary enough proposition, it totally ignores the subsequent Steps that require that you surrender your Will and your Life to God along with “suggestions” to confess and partake in a little petitioning of the Lord to relieve you of your “shortcomings” in Steps 3, 6 &7.
Ah, but more on that in Part 2, again for now, the confirmation bias displayed by these AA enthusiasts is truly astounding and ludicrous.
2) “The fellowship was never meant to be a cure but is merely a “support group.” Really? I’m pretty sure that when the courts sentence people to meetings for a DUI offense, that the intent is to cure said offenders of their “disease” and not just merely lend a kind and empathetic ear to their plight. Same can be said of the caring primary care physicians, social workers and other “professionals” that recommend this faith healing nonsense along with the concerned family members and employers that do the same.
3) The fellowship has saved/cured MILLIONS…….More confirmation bias at work here. Just because there are 10’s of thousands of meetings and that true enough, there are millions of people attending them, doesn’t mean even remotely that these people are cured or that they have addressed the underlying reasons for their dependent behavior. “Recovering” “one day at a time” for ETERNITY can hardly be termed “cured.” But even more telling is the well observed fact that about 95% of those “millions” go running for the exits before one year is up. Not because they’ve been cured, but because they realize that this faith healing exercise is not cutting it. And his hardly takes into count the hordes of old-timers that have returned to drinking but that still inhabit meetings because it’s all they know and has become their entire social structure and network.
4&5) Everything you hear in the program is merely a “suggestion” and you can “take what you want and leave the rest”…..Again I ask, really? Not if you pay heed to the dogmatic Holy literature that is never ever to be questioned as in “no cross-talk” and “no non-AA literature allowed”…..
From page 174 of the Alcoholics Anonymous instruction manual, the 12&12;
“Unless each AA member follows to the best of his ability our “suggested” Twelve Steps to recovery, he almost certainly signs his own death warrant!”……. Take what you want and leave the rest? Suggestions?……
Sure, as long as you don’t mind DYING……
So go on you AA apologists, I’m just getting warmed up…..See you next time………