To Atheists in Foxholes

November 11, 2009

A WWII journalist popularized the saying that "there are no atheists in foxholes." In reality, however, non-believers have courageously served in the military. Indeed, Chair Emeritus Paul Kurtz fought during WW II. Other humanist veterans from WWII have visited the Center for Inquiry/Transnational.

During Veterans Day there are noble efforts to remember the valiant contributions of long-neglected groups such as African Americans, Latino-Americans, women, and others. It is also a good idea to acknowledge the important role of non-believers in the military. Pat Tillman, the former NFL player that died while serving the U.S. after the attacks of September 11, 2001, is just one of many shining examples. As a former member of the US Air Force, I suggest we remember that non-believers in the military are no less important than their religious counterparts. 

Happy Veterans Day.