From the June 2014 magazine.

Big Book Parrots and Ornery Critters

An old-timer says pressuring newcomers to conform might be doing more harm than good

Some years ago I suggested that we might need to nail three theses to the nearest church basement door:

1) that the Big Book and the “Twelve and Twelve” are not holy writ and should not be treated as such

2) that incoming members of AA are not required to leave their brains at the door, and

3) that the Fellowship is big enough and the program good enough to accommodate oddballs, mavericks and other ornery critters.

My suggestions were ignored. So let me try again with just a little more background. I’m Australian, with 38 years of sobriety under my belt,...

-- Anonymous