Re: Not ALL 12 step programs
Not ALL 12 step programs rely on Jesus. However, the participants in the program have a limited pool of sober examples to choose from.
My apologies, step two refers to a "higher power" that definitely won't be inferred to be Jesus in a US-based structure, and I'm certain that the Twelve Traditions definitely have nothing to do with Christianity either. It's not like the 12-step programmes were created by a Christian institution or anything.
If you don't have a belief structure then you really have no right to criticize those who do.
Well that's a disgusting notion. All ideas are open to criticism except faith? That smacks of intellectual honesty, alright.
What you're basically saying there is "you're not allowed to disagree with us unless you agree with us, in which case you won't, and we don't have to hear any challenge to our ideas." Yeah, fuck that.
Your criticism is nothing less than hate speech.
Criticising an idea is the same as hating the people that hold it? You've got some really funny (twisted) notions of how the world operates, though this "hate speech" attitude reeks of the notion of the poor, oppressed, put-upon minority (75%) of the population that's religious.
I'll continue to criticise the institutionalised pushing of religion on the non-religious, thanks. If it was reversed I'm sure you'd be throwing a shit-fit about it.