Bobbie Kirkhart is a past president of the Atheist Alliance International and of Atheists United. She is a founder and past vice president of the Secular Coalition for America. She is a frequent contributor to U.S. freethought publications.
Blog posts by Bobbie Kirkhart:
A Government of, by, and for the people?
We Americans harbor a huge dichotomy in our attitudes toward our country. We display our patriotism in borderline chauvinistic manner, playing the national anthem before every … Continue reading A Government of, by, and for the people?
Re-re-recount (and counting)
As the world knows, Donald Trump’s 2016 election to the presidency had healthy assistance from Russian bots that, in spite of their non-human circumstance, knew a … Continue reading Re-re-recount (and counting)
We Sing America
I think it’s likely true that the people of all nations love their patriotic songs even when they don’t agree with their message. I love American … Continue reading We Sing America
We Were Trumped!
Americans do not vote directly for their presidents. We vote for the people who will vote for our presidents. Each state is assigned electors, based partly … Continue reading We Were Trumped!
Politics and Religion in a Secular State
It is ironic that, as the world’s first secular democracy having scorned all state religion, we soon became and have remained, socially and politically, preoccupied with … Continue reading Politics and Religion in a Secular State
The Long March to Justice
When I was five years old, I announced my new discovery: “Negroes (the polite term at the time) are bad.” My parents tried to correct me, … Continue reading The Long March to Justice
Yay! People love her!
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has a twin sister, but everyone recognizes that they are fraternal twins because Megan certainly is one of a kind. She’s unique … Continue reading Yay! People love her!
“Memories of Government Springs Park”
Government Springs Park was once the pride of Enid, Oklahoma. During my childhood, government was considered a good thing, so we often used that full name … Continue reading “Memories of Government Springs Park”
Democracy American Style
Although the midterm elections are already over, my German friends are still asking me what they are all about. They say that most Europeans don’t understand … Continue reading Democracy American Style
BlacKkKlansman: A Much Too American Story
It is an interesting situation: a black cop infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, the most storied white supremacist group in the United States. How could this … Continue reading BlacKkKlansman: A Much Too American Story
When the News Was True: The Post
Newspapers always make good movies: the dare-devil reporter, the overachieving assistant, and the crusty editor up against the power of a dishonest government. There is wonderful … Continue reading When the News Was True: The Post
If You’re a Star…
“If you’re a star, they’ll let you do it,” Donald Trump explained in his boastful account of casual assault on women. This rant, known as the … Continue reading If You’re a Star…
Beatriz at Dinner: Comedy, Tragedy, Portrait?
We first see Beatriz (Salma Hayek) going through morning chores, feeding her dogs, and lighting a candle for deceased loved ones, including her dead goat. She’s … Continue reading Beatriz at Dinner: Comedy, Tragedy, Portrait?
Getting to Know You
y university school days – at least on the student side of the desk – are two decades past now, but I daresay this story is … Continue reading Getting to Know You
Following Convention (or Political Mathematics)
The political parties spend countless hours planning their conventions. This is, after all, four nights of free advertising and their first chance to introduce their candidates … Continue reading Following Convention (or Political Mathematics)
Recently, I attended a memorial service for an old friend. Peg had led a long and accomplished life before her final years of excruciating pain and … Continue reading Memorial Service
“In the Hands of Babes”
At family gatherings, my sister likes to tell the story of a time when the men and boys in her family were going out target shooting. … Continue reading “In the Hands of Babes”
Many are Called …
We’re in the middle of the presidential primaries, elections that determine the delegates to the party conventions as well as the platform and the eventual nominee … Continue reading Many are Called …
The Oscars – Not in Color This Year
There’s always suspense at the Oscars, but this year edge-of-the-seat tension will be greater than it has ever been. There is interest, of course, in who … Continue reading The Oscars – Not in Color This Year
Like Father, Like Son
Rand Paul emulates his father in almost every way. Almost. :: Ron Paul is a physician; Rand Paul is a physician. :: Dad was in the … Continue reading Like Father, Like Son
The Woman in the Pants Suit
Hillary Clinton is a strong, pragmatic politician. Moderately hawkish, she cast a meaningless vote to support the Iraq War, which she now regrets—though she still proclaims … Continue reading The Woman in the Pants Suit
God at the Bank
We were the only two waiting in the New Accounts section in the bank. For us gregarious Americans, this is a slightly awkward situation. In most … Continue reading God at the Bank
B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bag
Americans have never paid for grocery bags – paper or plastic. Markets would even double-bag on request. No charge. Hence, we were slow to observe that … Continue reading B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bag