I spoke with someone i knew from AA last week. He still goes to an atheist meeting but not much else, and we have spoken extensively about out time in AA, and the perils we and others encountered.
He said something strange last week though. He thought that Orange, BlameDenial and myself were perhaps being a little too full-on with regards our opinions of AA, and that maybe it is more benign than that.
It was very strange to hear him say that. We haven\'t spoken in a few months, but even then he found AA distasteful. Now he is an apologist??? My friend likes to use AA as a social group, and i think in that respect it is as benign as any cliquey social group. BUt the problem is, AA is mroe than that - much more. I think he is just conveniently choossing to ignore everything else, just so he can justify continued attendance.
Anyway, i think OP and BD come across as harsh because they tell it liek it is. When i left AA, i told my family and in-laws how AA worked and the things i was told. I didn\'t inject judgement, simply recalled the teachings of the Big Book and of members i had heard in meetings. They were quite shocked, and immediately said it sounded like a cult. It shocked me that it was so clear to them.
What do other poeple think - Are OP and BD too full-on? Is it wrong to only focus on the negative?