Friday, December 30, 2005


The latest edition of coreweekly, the "faux alt" put out by the company that publishes Madison's daily papers, uses an entertainment listing to take a bold editorial stance against Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous:
Sunday January 01
LifeRing Secular Recovery Group
Wil-Mar Center
9 P.M.
The most important rule of New Year's resolutions is to start them right away -- every day that goes by reduces the chance you will take the first step. No resolution is more pressing than aiding your health and well-being. If you have decided to end a drug dependency, this is a fine venue, a meeting that convenes right away. Unlike Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, LifeRing doesn't affiliate itself with Christianity, focusing on actual salvation instead of a spiritual one. But, regardless of whose help you seek, realize that there is no reason to go it alone.
For the record, AA and NA do not affiliate themselves with Christianity, though they have been known, under certain circumstances, to help people not puke themselves or commit vehicular homicide. But what is responsible journalism for, if not to make false claims that could scare desperate people away from helpful organizations? Now that's "alt"!

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