So what triggered the implosion of one of Polyamory’s leading champions?
From what I can tell, back on June 10th, an announcement appeared on Richard Carrier’s FaceBook page stating that he started working at Camp Quest. Carrier has since claimed this was some type of glitch. Nevertheless, it led to a response by someone named “Amy Frank” who, on June 15th, posted the following:
Parents, and younger people who may graciously volunteer for Camp Quest, a summer camp for kids:
Richard Carrier, the man who sexually harassed me and touched me a year ago after speaking at ASU is now an official employee of this organization. Campus Quest and the Secular Student Alliance are partners, and fully aware of what transpired last year. I’m not even close to being his only victim, and there are even more victims of other speakers of the SSA.
Want to know why he continues to be involved after being banned from being an SSA speaker? He is dating the wife of the Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance. This woman is the head of Camp Quest.
Corrupt people continue to destroy what could be wonderful organizations. I am officially BOYCOTTING the national Secular Student Alliance until their leadership is completely dismantled. Students deserve to have an organization capable of handling sexual harassment and assault, with no conflicts of interest. Not only is abuse fairly common at SSA events, but the organization itself goes out of their way to undermine the reports of its very own members’ trauma.
I’ve held my tongue far too long. No more sweeping this shit under the rug. Time to own the fuck up and face the music. The victims have had enough.
In terms of public facts: I am not an employee of either Camp Quest or the SSA, or any of their affiliates. Nor am I on their boards of directors or speakers’ bureaus. I have rarely even volunteered for them. And “the wife of the Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance” is a strange way to refer to Amanda Metskas, who is actually the national Executive Director of Camp Quest, which Amy seems to be concerned about. Amanda and I are indeed dating. But she and her husband, August Brunsman, are publicly polyamorous,
Let me get this straight. So Carrier is not an employee of Camp Quest or SSA, but instead admits that the national Executive Director of Camp Quest is one of his lovers as part of his polyamorous lifestyle. And the national Executive Director of Camp Quest herself is “publicly polyamorous” and her polyamorous husband just happens to be the Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance. And Carrier was a speaker for the Secular Student Alliance when he was accused of sexual harassment.
Gotta love those secular values. I guess it is just business as usual in the social justice atheist’s drama-filled World of Polyamory.