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From the April 2018 magazine.

You're under arrest

Non-approved literature? Raffles? Religious talk? Who monitors what we say and do at our AA meetings? The Traditions make it clear

TRADITION FOUR: Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.

We were called the “AA Police” and it was not a compliment. As an Intergroup volunteer years ago, I served on a committee that responded to complaints if someone thought a local AA meeting had violated one of the Traditions.

Common complaints ranged from speakers who talked about problems other than alcohol, groups that read from literature that was not AA Conference-approved, groups that spent their collections for coffee and picnics, groups that held Seventh Tradition raffles and groups that preached too much about religion. Most of the complaints we received came down to Tradition Four: each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.

-- Alex M.

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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