Alcoholics Anonymous - move into in the red light district!Table of contents / Index
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But it got worse. Instead of dealing with useful things as stated by their bylaws, like the "promotion of public health maintenance, support of needy persons, in particular alcoholic patients and a fight against alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency ", Otto insisted their meeting had to be conducted in above shown Séparée. This is a little intimate, windowless closet, having a smoothly closing sliding door, thus separating it from the restaurant. There Otto disclosed before those in attendance, their schedule, formerly agreed upon, was now void and instead they should intensively dedicate themselves to perform preparation of litigation against an AA member, who in the eyes of the incorporated AA Organization is a heavy criminal. His crime is his active membership in one international AA group which "inundates the whole world" [sic] with pocket editions of the AA book in various languages .
Zero point three per cent! Wonderful, isn't it?!
For many years Bodo Dombrowski from Mommenheim was President of AA Inc. in Germany. In January 1997 the astonished audience of German TV SWF3 heard him publicly explain "For me, drinking [alcoholic beverage] belongs to the meal. I am not abstinent. " And in the same broadcast he taught the public about AA: "We stick to this principle strictly. It is practiced in such open-mindedness and such honesty, that he who relapsed, can and shall talk about that. And for [members of] Alcoholics Anonymous it is the most normal thing that someone slips back to drinking. Therefore it is no requirement for membership to be sober. While membership as such does not even exist, nobody is requested to proof a certain time of sobriety to be a member. ... To not have had a drink for 24 hours is the ultimate climax for an alcoholic ..." One or the other viewer came to believe "AA Inc. might be publicly preaching water and secretly drinking wine?" [comment: There's a word game in the German text. "trinken (un)heimlich Wein". Whereas heimlich means "secretly" and unheimlich means both "very much" and in another sense of the word "publicly".]
Suspicion increases when reading various publications sold by AA Inc. for good profit. Here's a sample:
These holy principles were not unknown to all AA members that stayed in the red light zone E*59 Znojmo that day. And thus protest arose. The majority of the group held it was not qualified to involve themselves in preparation of litigation nor was it justified [by AA tradition number five] to do so. Harsh criticism about inadequately high costs for literature had occurred within German AA time and again for many years. Most recently this was the case at AA area & intergroup meeting, Olten, May6,.2000. The Area delegates expressed their hope that obvious misconduct "would decrease in the future". Now the Swiss AA treasurer was alarmed because of this recent case of abusive waste of group money. During recent years a lot of people, including but not limited to German Attorney of State General in Frankfurt/Main had reminded the Boards of AA Inc. to comply with essential AA principles - such as outlined in AA's Twelve Traditions.
Despite such lack of substantial outcome, said meeting was reported in the next legal letter by AA Inc. lawyer Frieder Roth, Munich. And Mr. Jeffries, of course, was appointed as a "witness" in this writing to the Supreme Court Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35. Interestingly, for the absence of any detailed and well founded elaboration of German text versions the only reason given was "lack of time" ! Since 1994 German AA Inc. had paid lawyers to seriously threaten non-alcoholic persons, even companies and members of AA groups as well in order. Repeatedly criminal prosecution was initiated and civil law suits were brought. All this served the purpose to prevent these "enemies" from helping alcoholics in any manner that might --in the view of the plaintiffs-- entangle their claimed monopoly in all AA literature matters. From 1997 on more legal steps were taken and public controversy was created by AA Inc. by instigating litigation, so that one can speak of a law suit avalanche. First secretly, then more and more obviously the main driving force behind German AA Inc. became involved, a multi-million dollar US-American publishing imperium, AAWS Incorporation, New York.
Though they tried really hard, using all types of fair and unfair things, and despite those hundreds of thousands US dollars spent in the past by AAWS and German AA Inc. for litigation and related expenses, despite all that their ultimate goal has not been met -- prohibition and destruction of AA literature, in particular those freely distributed pocket editions from AA BBSG. Thus it still happens that hopeless drunks world-wide, here and there, suddenly and unexpectedly find a way out form their deadly illness. Often, because caring human beings from their environment could no longer stand the pain of watching these alcoholics hurting or even killing themselves and their families. Most often alcoholics themselves, they passed one of these free booklets on to them and the miracle could start to happen. The great savings of immense subsequent costs, which are caused each year by recovery form alcoholism, is mentioned here only to complete the picture.
Unfortunately, it is possible for organizations in this country to label themselves with the reputable AA name, while at the same time stating in court that they are not bound by AA principles and Tradition 10 "does not apply" to them [sic]. Despite that, they continue to sell AA literature about these same fundamental principles and make huge profits each year by doing so -- because they practically achieved a monopoly on it. They appear as wulfs covered in AA sheepskin, who do serious harm to alcoholics in public. The AA name is polluted and covered with their dirt. Alcoholics who would expect unselfish help from Alcoholics Anonymous, will have to double check, if they should decide to take the risk of being labeled by AA Inc. as a "criminal" and subsequently suffer prosecution and litigation. Confidence and the principle of anonymity went to hell, that's for sure anyhow. That, i.e. AA Inc,. must be stopped.
In the case on appeal 11 U 53/99 a trial took place for verbal negotiation on Tuesday, June 27, 2000, 9:30a.m., court room D149. Next trial in this matter is on August16, same place, same time. One may expect further discoveries and disclosures. No unknown person does try to bring light into the dark -- judge Dr. Tilmann, the president of the Supreme Court in Frankfurt/Main.