From the October 2019 magazine.

Defending AA

After a heated debate on the internet, a member learns a lot about putting on her gloves for AA

TRADITION TEN: Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy. 

The importance of both Traditions Ten and Eleven was brought home to me recently in my excessive zeal to protect AA’s good name. When they were approved by AA’s first General Service Conference in 1950, press, radio and films, what today are known as the mainstream media, were all AA had to consider. But with the evolution of the internet, there has been an explosion in our channels of communication. This presents tremendous opportunities for AA to carry our message of recovery, but these new ways of communication also carry dangers. Today there are many Fellowship websites, as well as a bewildering range of links to other groups, some of which are virulently hostile to AA.

-- Anonymous

Maldon, Essex

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