The Big Book Study Movement is outside of the Structure of Alcoholics Anonymous In Ireland.
Page 12 of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GENERAL SERVICE CONFERENCE: A SERVICE HANDBOOK FOR IRELAND Published by AA General Service Conference of Ireland states:
"The Big Book Study Movement is outside of the Structure of Alcoholics Anonymous In Ireland."
In a ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GENERAL SERVICE CONFERENCE OF IRELAND News Sheet Dec 2008/Jan 2009 stated:
The Committee was surprised at the proliferation of the Big Book Study Movement Groups being created and providing misleading and inaccurate Information in order to gain entry to our directory, with total disregard of our Conference decision (September 1995), that the Big Book Study Movement Is outside of the Structure of Alcoholics Anonymous In Ireland'. Our Committee was disturbed by some of the practices, conditions, contracts and rules attached to these meetings. (Appendix 1)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a programme of self diagnosis, self motivation, self action and the use of study guides, courses, classes, or interpretations are. therefore, not appropriate. No group or Individual should deem themselves an authority on how-to interpret the Big Book on behalf of others. The steps are suggested and experienced sponsors are wise enough not to give newcomers hard and fast directives. There are no authorities in AA and even self appointed teachers, have "feet of clay".
In 1977, faced with a rising number of requests, from AA members, to reprint excerpts of the Big Book and other materials in Study Guides, the Directors of AA World Services appointed a Committee, to explore the question. Members of the Committee. unanimously recommended that the Board not grant permission, to use excerpts or our literature in Study guides, and that AA itself should not publish Study Guides and have declined to provide any interpretative material, they chose to let our literature stand alone. Our knowledge of recovery has been received In the Fellowship through the experience of one Alcoholic sharing with another Alcoholic and it was not received on an instructive basis or in a classroom atmosphere.
One Member (bbfreeaa - I wonder if the means big book free aa?) posted on http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSOwatch/message/6839:
"Before everyone on this site gets their panties in a wad, they might want to investigate what we are really dealing with...and it ain't AA!
I am sick and tired as well of these self appointed messiahs we have here in Texas at the PPG and other Groups that have teachers, gurus, WORKBOOKS (DAMNED WORKBOOKS) which are nothing more than tools to gain money and prestige under the guise of Carrying the AA Message. It is a cancer in AA and creates some of the worst arrogant, self-serving, sober monsters I have ever encountered.
Take a peek at the website below. Since when do we do classrooms? Who among us has the right to write our own workbooks...the height of selfish arrogance? Who is so above the simple message found in the BB of AA that they feel compelled (ego-starved) to add to what has been a gift from God?
I could go on for hours since I have years of experience dealing with the self-serving clowns. The final product is usually a 1 1/2 to 2 year sober arrogant know-it-all self-righteous, angry cretins that annoy the hell out of everyone and ends up in a very short time drunk again. I lost count of how many I have seen end up that way. I sponsor 4 guys that are refugees from their cult and they have lots of sobriety now and are active in working with others.
I just heard about one of there little monsters with three years sobriety in far N. Dallas area that, when asked to speak at a group, announced to the group that he needed 2 months of speaking dates at the group to convey the full message he has to offer. What a tool.
It's late, I'm tired. I have all sorts of other links and attachments to send you about these clowns later. Good for the GSO in Ireland.
This bunch really needs to read the long version of Tradition 3 where it states "Any two or three alcoholic gathered for sobriety may call themselves an AA Group provided that as a group, they have no other affiliation." Affiliation oozes out of their pores. They just need to start their own ego driven program and leave AA alone!"