Gamblers Anonymous has no opinions on outside issues; hence the Gamblers Anonymous name ought never be drawn into public controversy
The survival and proliferation of Gamblers Anonymous is of far greater importance than taking positions on any issues outside the Fellowship. To make public pronouncements on non-Fellowship matters would inevitably split the group. Individuals naturally have differing opinions and eventually these differences could erode group solidarity. By engaging in outside issues, the Fellowship’s concentration would be diverted from a therapeutic purpose, which is to aid in the recovery of compulsive gamblers. The association of the Fellowship’s name with public controversy would unnecessarily antagonize some portion of the general public. By avoiding controversy, both individual groups and the Fellowship as a whole are able to concentrate on the aims and principles of Gamblers Anonymous.
We must always be available to assist others in obtaining information concerning the problem of compulsive gambling without giving our opinion.
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