Let’s just stop for a minute and reflect on a political, philosophical, or moral issue you’re wrong about. It ain’t that easy, right? But why not? The chance that you’re right on every topic you think and argue about is basically zero. Of course, if you knew you were wrong about something you wouldn’t hold that belief or even preach it. Whenever somebody utters an opinion we don’t agree with, our minds go: How dare you believe that? Of course, you can shield yourself from such thoughts by avoiding opinions that differ from yours. However, that’s a bad idea. It’s important to talk to people, so let me give you some practical advice on how to do it. Especially since the holidays are upon us, you’ll likely meet family members you haven’t seen in a while. So here comes an instruction manual on how to deal with that crazy aunt of yours who worships conspiracy theories.
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.