This weekend, I am slated to speak at the Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference as well as the Sunday Assembly to take place the day after the conference. As someone who has participated as a principal volunteer since its inception as well as spoken there in 2012, the conference is an integral part of my year.
On Friday, it was brought to my attention via a Facebook post and confirmed with several volunteers that the “Surprise Speaker” slated for the very first speaking slot is Michael Shermer. It has since been confirmed via an official conference email. Michael Shermer, like me, is local and has spoken at the conference in the past. Unlike me, he has many troubling allegations of misconduct against him, conduct of the kind that is in clear violation of conference anti-harassment policies of exactly the kind in place at the OCFTA.