From the October 1992 magazine.

Fatal Distraction

Some months ago, a chairperson closed the meeting by asking everyone to "remember our troops in the Middle East." If this had been an open meeting, nonalcoholics would have gotten the idea that AA supported the Gulf War.

This incident of remembering the troops during the Lord's Prayer made me ask myself: What does Tradition Ten have to do with my personal sobriety and what is my responsibility as an AA member to keep the AA name out of public controversy?

-- Jim N.

Denver, Colorado

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