Does sending people to AA, along with government and university support for AA programs, violate our freedom of religion in America?
For those of you unfamiliar with the AA program, it takes alcoholics and drug addicts, and puts them on a 12 step program to wellness.
The first step, is admiting that you are completely powerless over your addiction to alcohol, and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
The second step is to accept, that since you have no power over your addiction, you must appeal to a higher power, or god, in order to overcome your addiction.
Let me repeat, in case you don't understand. A government supported, university encouraged, and doctor approved program for treating people who like to drink too much, begins, by telling you the only person who can help you, is god.
In the words of Doug Stanhope "There is no such thing as addiction. There are just things you enjoy doing, more than being alive". When the federal government tells you that you must undergo a rehabilitative program, because you engaged in a behavior they found destructive... And, that rehabillitative program tells you "You're not strong enough to deal with this, you need god". Has the federal government violated your right to pursue the religion of your choice?
Should religion, be allowed to advertise itself, as "alcoholism treatment"?