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April 27, 1998 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unhappy with the pervasive religious character of Alcoholics Anonymous, James Christopher of North Hollywood launched a group 12 years ago with similar goals--but using nonspiritual means--that has grown into an international movement. While AA members are advised to give their lives to a "Higher Power" at meetings laced with religious references and occasional prayers, Christopher's Secular Organizations for Sobriety, or SOS, works on the premise of self-reliance.
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April 27, 1998 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unhappy with the pervasive religious character of Alcoholics Anonymous, James Christopher of North Hollywood launched a group 12 years ago with similar goals--but using nonspiritual means--that has grown into an international movement. While AA members are advised to give their lives to a "Higher Power" at meetings laced with religious references and occasional prayers, Christopher's Secular Organizations for Sobriety, or SOS, works on the premise of self-reliance.
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April 16, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Uncomfortable with the pervasive religious character of Alcoholics Anonymous, a North Hollywood man has begun a secular version for non-believers who say they want to maintain their sobriety without turning their wills and lives over to a "Higher Power."
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April 16, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Uncomfortable with the pervasive religious character of Alcoholics Anonymous, a North Hollywood man has begun a secular version for non-believers who say they want to maintain their sobriety without turning their wills and lives over to a "Higher Power."
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May 3, 1998
Re "SOS Members Don't March to the 12 Steps," April 27. With all due respect to Alcoholics Anonymous and its good works over the decades, not everyone is of a religious bent nor needs to be. Bravo to James Christopher for founding the SOS [Secular Organizations for Sobriety] program, providing addicts with a forum for recovery that is not based in myth or superstition. Maybe the Randall boys, who found themselves unwelcome by the Boy Scouts because of their atheism, could take Christopher's cue and start their own alternative scouting movement.
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