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.