At yesterday's meeting my group ended up discussing righteous indignation, resentment, and the desire to see others punished. I think this is an area where the Big Book and the other literature I can think of right now are insufficiently clear.
At the end of the meeting a newcomer asked me where to draw the line, how to give up all resentment and anger without becoming a doormat. That, of course is a very important question and one we hear a lot.
I think the answer lies in the distinction between justice and revenge. The program's ban on 'righteous indignation' is not a ban on moral evaluation. Forgiveness does not mean being a judge, bringing down the gavel and declaring 'not guilty'; it means letting go of the pain. When we evaluate a situation in which we have been injured we have to be careful not to seek vengeance, to find joy in seeing others punished. But that does not mean we stop seeking justice, both for ourselves and others.