WAAFT stands for We Agnostics, Atheists,
and Freethinkers. WAAFT-AZ.org provides an online presence
to support the Arizona secular AA community, and to make AA
in Arizona more inclusive.
In the foreword to the first edition of the book Alcoholics
Anonymous can be found the sentence: "The only requirement
for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking." No
religious belief was required of prospective members who
sought to get sober. The only change ever made to that
sentence has been the deletion of the word honest. Thus
we believe that AA can be a program for recovery, and
meetings a place of refuge for even those alcoholics who do
not subscribe to conventional religious beliefs.
Our goal is to work toward an acceptance of AA meetings that
"endeavor to maintain a tradition of free expression where
alcoholics may feel free to express any doubts or disbeliefs
they may have, and to share their own personal form of
spiritual experience, their search for it, or their
rejection of it. In keeping with A.A. tradition, we do not
endorse or oppose any form of religion or atheism. Our only
wish is to ensure suffering alcoholics that they can find
sobriety in A.A. without having to accept anyone else's
beliefs, or having to deny their own" (from the Beyond
Belief Meeting Format).
Alcoholics Anonymous claims as its
origin (officially) the date of Doctor Bob's last drink
(June 10, 1935), but the seminal incident was the meeting
several weeks earlier between Bill and Bob at the
Seiberling's gatehouse in Akron. Prior to their meeting,
neither Bill nor Bob had been able to remain sober for long.
Bill was about six months sober then but knew that he was on
slippery ground. He had the crazy idea that he needed
another drunk to talk to to stay sober much longer. He and
Bob each had tried to get sober independently, but to no
avail. Then they met.