he wanted to distance the early AA fellowship from anything
that conected it to the Oxford Group or its founder,
Frank Buckman. He always acknowledged AA's dept to the
Group, but quickly withdrew from endorsing it. He would
also state that AA had no connection to the Group after
sound reason for distancing AA from the Group was that
an unfortunate interview in 1936 had resulted in a news
paper story that had Buckman expressing praise for Nazi
dictator Adolf Hitler. This was a nasty setback for
the Group, because even in 1936 the world was beginning
to realize that Hitler was not Mister Nice Guy. The
article was unfair to Buckman, however, because some
of his statements in the interview were misunderstood
by the reporter. But the unfortunate interview may have
benefited AA, because it demonstrated the risks of making
a political statement and thus may have convinced Bill
of the need for what has become the AA preamble.
reason why Bill wanted to seperate from the Group was
that Catholic officials were beginning to look upon
it with suspicion and disfavor. They were rumored to
be considering a directive to ban it for Catholics.
As Bill commented, "That would have kept a lot
of Irishmen from getting sober!"
there problems, the Four Absolutes are still treasured
by some AA members and have a secure place in the Fellowship's
history. We might find it profitable to look at the
history of the Absolutes and trace how they contributed
to the origin and the development of AA.
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