Anyway, I couldn't let it go without getting my 2 cents in and asked a few of my friends from other forums to do so as well. They happily obliged and I'm happy to report that their weak counter arguments, it seems, have finally ran out of gas because they just don't HAVE a viable comeback.
Here's just a sampling on one exchange I had with one of the sheeple;
AA sheeple's comment......
"Thanks for writing this piece.AA is a fellowship of men and women who share
their experience,strength,and hope.Everyone it seems has some similar
experiences while drinking and maybe while trying to get straight.Ultimately,if
you ascribe to AA,the pioneers of the organization wanted members to pass on the
program,the 12 Steps.Not their opinions.Not their ideas.The Program. And to
emphasize that after completing the 12 steps together, to do the same with
others so they hopefully may find a Higher Power to solve their problem..It
works,it really does.The Program works if you work it"
And my response.......
“The program works if you work it”??? As you say, the program is “The steps”. The
steps are a religion and you state that if you follow them, “your higher power
will solve the problem”. Thank you for stating in black and white that AA is
faith healing and that if you ask GOD to cure you, he will. It’s great for you
if you “believe” that.
That being said, I believe that the “power of prayer” is wishful thinking and
should certainly NOT be the #1 go-to method of trying to overcome addiction. My
father had a massive stroke and many prayed for his recovery. He died. Guess all
those people weren’t praying properly or taking the “proper steps”.
How about recovery methods based on logic, common sense, personal fortitude,
the ability to make choices and decisions (freewill) and host of other SELF
empowering methods. Surrender, powerlessness and lifelong “recovering” is weak at
That was the last we heard from him.
The article is titled "Does Science Show What 12 Steps Know?" and here's the link. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130809-addiction-twelve-steps-alcoholics-anonymous-science-neurotheology-psychotherapy-dopamine/#