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Is AA a Religion?

A member weighs in on this topic

According to recent appeals-court rulings, Twelve Step groups are classified as religious bodies because they refer to a Higher Power and have certain practices, such as prayer, which parallel parts of worship in churches.

This has become an issue because some local courts have specified Twelve Step group attendance for persons convicted of drinking or drug offenses. In most cases, the offenders have been given the choice of serving jail sentences or attending meetings where their participation is verified on "court slips" that must be signed by Twelve Step group chairpersons.

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