It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Bobbie Kirkhart. Not only has she been my wonderful friend of 35 years, she’s also been one of our most faithful contributors, writing on political topics (“We were Trumped” and “The Long March to Justice”), often interweaving her political insights with personal recollections (“Memories of Government Springs Park”). She also commented on topics of cultural relevance, such as on soccer star Megan Rapinoe, (“Yay! People love her!” or on only ‘old white men’ being nominated for an Academy Award (“The Oscars – Not in Color this Year”). Bobbie, an avid moviegoer, also loved to review films she felt strongly about (“BlacKkKlansman: A Much too American Story” or “When the News was True: The Post”). All in all, we could always rely on her to tell it like it is, whether sprinkled with a dose of humor or a pinch of sarcasm.
Bobbie sent her last blog on Monday, Oct. 25, “A Government of, for, and by the people?” and it appeared two days later – the day she died.
Bobbie was a past president of Atheist Alliance International and a founder of the Secular Coalition of America. This is all the more surprising as she liked to write about religion and religious topics or on patriotic American songs and hymns, like in her great blog “We sing America.”
We’ll miss you, Bobbie.