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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 13, 2019 at 2:57am

We are never taught to rely on ourselves for anything, & its ridiculous.

IMNVHO (not very humble O), religion, including AA and the Big Bang (my favorite villain), is worse than ridiculous, it's destructive of thinking for oneself. It needs unthinking obedience.

One AA victim insisted that all people are alcoholics, even if they are not currently drinking.

I was once a victim of Catholicism and heard nuns say apostates go to Hell. Decades after I quit, I saw in the OED that the word "apostate" comes from ancient Greek for "runaway slave". That's why I say religion is worse than ridiculous.

Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2019 at 1:18am

I hate those doctors that decide on their own which programme works for you... Still wrapped up in a lawsuit against an organization that made similar decisions about my partner.

Comment by Chris on June 13, 2019 at 12:54am

Some may not know that the USPS used to provide newspapers for free, because it was for the common good for citizens to read  information and news from a variety of sources.

Now there are only six magnets (SP?) that provide 90% of what may be called 'news'  I call it propiganda.

Comment by Chris on June 13, 2019 at 12:41am

Might be of interest

https://sobernation.com/barry-a-hazle-wins-2m-lawsuit-for-being-for...

Barry A. Hazle was sent back to prison for parole violation, and for his troubles filed and won a $2M dollar law suit.

The 46 year old man served time for a conviction of methamphetamine possession. Hazle later received parole and the terms of his parole required attending mandatory 12 step meetings.

As an atheist, Hazle claimed that 12 step meetings were religious organizations that went against his beliefs.

Hazle complained to his parole officer and asked for additional treatment options. His parole officer stated that West Care 12 step meetings were the only option available.

For violating his parole, Hazle was sent back to jail for more than 3 months. The Record Searchlight reported that “Hazle was sent back to jail for more than three months for allegedly being “disruptive, though in a congenial way, to the staff as well as other students” and being “sort of passive-aggressive,” the paper reported.

“I’m thrilled to finally have this case settled,” Hazle told the Searchlight. “It sends a clear message to people in a position of authority, like my parole agent, for example, that they not mandate religious programming for their parolees, and for anyone else, for that matter.”

– Barry A. Hazle

Hazle first sued in 2001. He won the case but the jury refused to grant him any financial compensation. Through a long court process, the decision was eventually thrown out and a three judge panel said that Hazle was entitled to compensation.

“The jury’s verdict, which awarded Hazle no compensatory damages at all for his loss of liberty, cannot be upheld,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the court’s opinion. “The jury simply was not entitled to refuse to award any damages for Hazle’s undisputable — and undisputed — loss of liberty, and its verdict to the contrary must be rejected.”

The state of California will pay Hazle $1 million, while Westcare will pay $925,000 under terms of the settlement, according to KRCR-TV.

Hazle told the Sacramento Bee he plans to become active in local drug rehabilitation efforts.

The California Department of Corrections has since issued new rules stating that parole officers may not require parolees to attend faith-based programs.

Comment by Chris on June 13, 2019 at 12:37am

Ian Mason

I dislike the abstenece programs presented - especially with AA which is a program to turn you life over to gowd.

As long as your  life is in order drinking shouldn't be a problem.

AA and many others are about turning your life over to religion and the temperance movement.

Comment by Chris on June 12, 2019 at 11:40pm

An appelite court ruled that AA is a religious group therfore can't be mandated.

I think some of that is based on prohibition and Mothers against Drunk Driving.

Baby on Board! (signs on automobiles)

How much if it is puritan religious B/S?

Having written that I ask why do women succumb to religious doctroine more than men?

I think it may be because families use religion to control  and subjigate girls.

Look at the laws about birth controll being presented in the States.

Isn't it about subjigating women?

Comment by Chris on June 12, 2019 at 11:29pm

A while back we were talking about the difference between conservatives and liberals.

A comeent I read is that conservatives are  fear based where as  libreals are trust based.

I heard that conservatives 'believe'  sucess  is based on their own without help from others or society and failure to suceeed or thrive is because of  personal  failue.

Liberals think that sucess or failure comes from the community.

Just thowiing that idea out there.

Comment by Patricia on June 12, 2019 at 9:48pm

I have heard of other alternatives, but they are not well-known.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 12, 2019 at 9:46pm

I've been through AA and went to meetings for several years. I never took all of the steps seriously. When it works that's because it's a support group of fellow sufferers and parts of the program have been adopted by others. The biggest problem with AA is its monopoly. The only game in town.

Comment by Patricia on June 12, 2019 at 9:30pm

It just exchanges one addiction for another. We are never taught to rely on ourselves for anything, & its ridiculous.

 

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