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Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter "Unity: The Second Legacy" (in the book Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age), and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:
(a) That they knew not what they were publishing.
(b) That they knew not what they were doing.
(c) That God knew and knew if He were sought.
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age – a brief history of A.A.(Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing, Inc. 1957, 1985, 1990), page 127/128:
After long debate, we at the Headquarters saw that the conscience of Alcoholics Anonymous, acting through the delegates, was wiser than we were. So the Congress of the United States was never asked to incorporate A.A.
The moving resolution by which the Conference took this action ought to be set on the record. It was drawn by delegate Bob T., a Mississippi lawyer. Reporting for his committee, he said:
"We have reviewed all of the arguments pro and con on this subject, have discussed it with many members of A.A. within the Conference and outside of it, and we have come to these conclusions:
Therefore, keeping in mind the high purpose of the General Service Conference as expressed by the Chairman last year when he said, "We seek not compromise but certainty," your Committee unanimously recommends that Alcoholics Anonymous does not incorporate.
Thus the final foundation was laid for Tradition Ten, "Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy."