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
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
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).
TRADITION of AA
The only requirement for AA membership
is a desire to stop drinking.
membership ought to include all who suffer from
alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover.
Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or
conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together
for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided
that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
Bill's explanation of the Third
“So long as there
is the slightest interest in sobriety, the most unmoral,
the most anti-social, the most critical alcoholic may
gather about him a few kindred spirits and announce to us
that a new Alcoholics Anonymous Group has been formed.
Anti-God, these rampant individuals are still an AA Group
if they think so!”
—Published in the
July 1946 issue of The Grapevine