Anti-A.A.’s Critcal Bystanders: 20 or More Questions for Them to Answer

Anti-Alcoholics Anonymous Bystanders

Twenty or More Questions that Test Their Hate-filled Devotion

Dick B.

© 2013 Anonymous. All rights reserved

Does the anti-Alcoholics Anonymous challenger attend A.A. meetings, groups, seminars, or conferences? Does this writer believe in God? Has this writer confessed with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and does he believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead? See Romans 10:9. Has this writer read the 46 books and over 1300 articles published by Dick B. on the Christian roots of the Twelve Step movement? I have.

Has the anti-Alcoholics Anonymous protagonist ever reached out to a suffering newcomer in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting? Has he ever welcomed one? Has he ever given his phone number to one? Has he ever led anyone in Alcoholics Anonymous to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Has he ever spoken at an A.A. meeting, group, or conference? I have.

Has the vitriolic anti-Alcoholics Anonymous scribe read the multiple biographies, writings, and autobiographies of Bill Wilson, of Dr. Bob Smith, of Lois Wilson, of Anne Ripley Smith, of Dr. William D. Silkworth, of Clarence H. Snyder, of Grace Snyder, of Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr., of Frank N.D. Buchman, of Mrs. Samuel Shoemaker, of Rowland Hazard, of Garrett Stearly, of Cebra Graves, of Frank Amos, of Norman Vincent Peale, of Ebby Thacher, of Father John C. Ford, of Sister Ignatia, of Father Ed Dowling, of Russell Firestone, of James D. Newton, of Eleanor Forde Newton, of Dwight Moody, of Ira Sankey, of F.B. Meyer, of Allen Folger, of Henry Moorehouse, of Henry Drummond, of Billy Sunday, of George Williams, of General William Booth, of Jerry McAuley, of S.H. Hadley, of Francis Clarke, of Amos Wells, of Sherwood Eddy, of Henry B. Wright, of Robert E. Speer, of T.S. Elliott, of Ethel Willetts, of Carl Jung, of William James, of Judge Walter Smith, of Mrs. Walter Smith, of Gilman Wilson, of Helen Wilson, of Fayette Griffith, of T. Henry Williams, of Clarace Williams, of Henrietta B. Seiberling, of Sue Smith Windows, of Robert R. Smith, of Professor Weatherford, of B.H. Streeter, of L. Parks Shipley, of James Houck, of Victor Kitchen, of A.J. Russell, of Harold Begbie, of Stephen Foote, of Garth Lean, of Michael Hutchinson, of T. Willard Hunter, of Cecil Rose, of Bunny Austin, of Harvey Firestone Sr., of Russell Firestone, of Bill Wilson’s grandfather “Willie,” of Dr. Tunks, of Joe McQuany, of Charlie Parmley, or of the Shoemaker circle of Christian believers in New York, or of the Shoemaker circle of Christian believers in Pittsburgh?

I have. In fact, I have interviewed most of these people, and read the books and articles most of them have written.

Has the vociferous anti-Alcoholics Anonymous writer ever spoken to A.A. group secretaries, treasurers, General Service Representatives, Delegates, Trustees, archivists, and office workers? I have.

Has the repetitious anti-Alcoholics Anonymous advocate ever personally met, talked at length with, and questioned A.A. newcomers? I have. Has he or she ever sponsored an AA? I have. Has he or she ever spoken at a Celebrate Recovery meeting, an Alcoholics Victorious conference, an Overcomers conference, an Overcomers Outreach, Inc. conference, an Alcoholics for Christ meeting, a YWAM group, a Christian recovery fellowship, a substance abuse treatment center, a Christian treatment center, an assemblage of Christian Recovery Counselors, at Betty Ford, at Christian churches, to Christian recovery fellowships, to conferences of Christian leaders and workers from all over the world, to wardens, state and federal elected leaders and substance abuse research leaders, to public officials concerned with the drug and alcohol problems, to addictionologists, to universities, to seminaries, to colleges, to interventionists, to detox specialists, to Hazelden executives and workers, to Christian Protestant ministers, to Jewish Rabbis, to Roman Catholic priests, to pastoral counselors, to Salvation Army officers and volunteers, to Young Men’s Christian Association leaders, to Christian Endeavor members and leaders, to rescue mission leaders and workers, to those who serve at the Wilson House, the Griffith Library, the Dr. Bob Core Library, the St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal church and library in Akron, to the Calvary Episcopal Church rector in Pittsburgh, to the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in New York, to the archivist at the Episcopal Church archives in New York, to the archivist at Hartford Seminary, to the librarian at Princeton University, to the principal founder of the Seiberling Gate Lodge renovation? I have.

Has the anti-Alcoholics writer ever visited, examined the manuscripts and documents and researched at the Griffith House Library, Wilson House, or East Dorset, Vermont; at the East Dorset Congregational Church at the Burr and Burton Seminary and Manchester Congregational Church in Manchester, Vermont; at the Norwich Military Academy at Northfield, Vermont; at the Vermont History Center in Vermont; at the Wilson home in Rutland, Vermont; at the Mount Hermon School of Dwight L. Moody; at the Fairbanks Museum or St. Johnsbury Academy archives and library; or the Dr. Bob Core Library at North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, Vermont; or St. Johnsbury Academy; or Burr and Burton Academy; or the St. Paul’s Library in Akron, Ohio; or the Seiberling Gate Lodge library in Akron; or the Episcopal Church Archives in Austin, Texas; or the Shoemaker Room at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh; or the Brown University Collection; or the headquarters of the Oxford Group in Washington, D.C.; or the libraries and collections of Oxford Group leaders such as George Vondermuhll, Jr.; or the Buchman home in Pennsylvania; or the offices and library of the Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office in New York; or the Princeton Alumni archives; or The Pittsburgh Experiment offices and archives; at The Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation leaders and with the original Pittsburgh “golf club crowd,” or the Hartford Seminary Library; or the Bierce Library at the University of Akon; or the libraries at Dr. Bob’s Home, or the present and retired archivists at Dr. Bobs Home, of the Akron Intergroup; at Golden Gate Seminary and San Anselmo Seminary in Marin County, California; of the records of Calvary Church in New York, Calvary Church in Pittsburgh, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, or with the university professors, historians, and librarians at well-known institutions?

I have. In fact either my benefactors or I have donated over 30,000 books, manuscripts, papers, articles to them.

If the few anti-Alcoholics Anonymous writers and advocates have has answered “No” to twenty or more of the foregoing questions, or to most, or to all, there’s a question for each: When are you going to start learning instead of opining, reporting instead of condemning, teaching instead of defaming, misquoting the Bible out of context, telling truthful facts instead of occasionally quoting some other anti-A.A. writer? If your answer to this question is equivocal, evasive, negative, or confusing to us, then you have a lot of traveling, interviewing, reading, learning, and thinking to do.

Will they?

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About mauihistorian

Uses pen name Dick B.: Writer, Historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, CDAAC, and active and recovered A.A. member with over 25 years of continuous sobriety. Published 42 titles and over 650 articles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement. www.dickb.com
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