"Hundreds of people turned out to City Park on Saturday for some food, games and a little bit of drug and alcohol awareness.
The Lighthouse Christian Center of West Reading's Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series Class hosted its third annual anti-drug and alcohol community rally at the park's bandshell, drawing crowds interested in having a bit of fun and learning about drug and alcohol abuse.
"Our goal is that people are set free from addiction," said Angel Palmer, one of the event's organizers.
Palmer said Lighthouse offers drug and alcohol support groups, but that Saturday's event was more about creating awareness than about promoting the program.
The event included free food, face painting, games and a moon bounce. Palmer said the idea behind the rally is to show Reading's youth that there are ways to have a good time without turning to drugs and alcohol.
"We're trying to give young children hope," she said.
The event ran from noon to 6 p.m. and organizers anticipated about 1,200 attendees."
This wouldn't have been my kind of rally but only because it was a Christian Group that also is affiliated with steppism. I wouldn't mind attending a Christrian Group for support on occasion, if they didn't use the steps as their model of treatment. But because there are vast differences between Christan sects I'd need to determine if I felt comfortable before hand.
Regardless of my opinion on steppism, I find nothing wrong with a Christian rally that employs it. This of course assuming that they aren't threatening people with drinking or death if they don't partake to their religious beliefs. When it comes down to it, my beef with AA can generally be measured by their lack of admittance that AA is a religious group that practicies religious exercises, and of course that their "treatment" can be summed up as religious faith healing.
Honestly and to be perfectly fair, if AA would rightly change their organizational status I would respectfully and quietly move on. This of course comes with the assumption that the danger element is also addressed. I like to that that religious groups have now put this on top of their agenda. Perhaps not for the right reasons, but it is being done. Finally and thankfully.