I gave his background of being the GM of our GSO for ten years and then serving as senior advisor, if we can’t trust the opinion of our General Service Office as being the best way forward for AA then who should we trust? I showed where he felt that the over-insistence on approved material along with the general “growing rigidity” was one of the greatest dangers facing AA. When the general service conference is held and opinions are considered from inter-group representatives, as being representative of the feelings of the various groups, they can then offer various advisories for all of AA to follow. One of the advisories from the literature committee said this -I'm not sure who the quoted person was, or why, that section made no sense to me.
So here we have the majority of groups voicing an opinion which is considered by the conference, and put out as a suggestion by them, saying pretty well there is nothing wrong with AA groups selling non approved literature, but we suggest it be clearly labeled as such, a good middle of the road compromise.It is suggested that when a local A.A. facility (central office, intergroup, group, etc.) sells non-Conference-approved literature, it be clearly designated as such.
The fellow who I quoted was old enough and long enough in AA to know and understand what the founders had in mind, and at the end of the quoted speech said - "And in this trend toward rigidity, we are drifting farther and farther away from our co-founders."
AA is an evolving institution, (or it should be), I am only suggesting that those who dig in their heels against anything they see as non AA approved are doing more harm than good.