If you read the article carefully, you will see that Richard was speaking about the choices in his rehab program being limited, not to that AA itself . He says, "I'm not going to put down AA, because it's helped millions of people," says Richard. "They've inspired me and encouraged me. But I don't think it should be shoved down people's throat." As in, people should be given options other than 12 Step. In addition, AA has been ruled as being a religious program by the 9th circuit court. The 2007 United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling Inouye v. Kemna specifically refers to AA as a "religion-based" treatment program.
Thanks for your comments on the article. You state that you've been "losing faith in some of the Bohemian's research and bias, but I suppose you've found your audience." Actually, everything in this short, informative news blast about the upcoming Bohemian Grove meeting is backed up with either direct quotes or solid research.
I mention the conspiracies about the Bohemian Grove because flyers made by a very specific group of protestors did appear in 2011, and they did make claims about child sacrifice, etc. Nowhere in this short, informative piece do I say that I personally believe that child sacrifice, etc. is going on at Bohemian Grove. If I did, that would certainly show bias, but if you go back and read carefully through the piece, you will see that I never personally state an opinion either way.
Chris Smith of the Press Democrat wrote about these protestors last year. The article can be found here: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110….
Never in this piece do I say that the protestors claiming Child Sacrifice are right or wrong, only that they exist, which is my job as a journalist.
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