I can remember hearing from the time I was a child that there are no atheists in foxholes. The meaning of this is that even non-believers when they are confronted in battle with the possibility of death, will find themselves reaching out to god to save them. Of course, this is what believers want everyone to think. It’s not true.
I can’t say for certain how many in uniform are atheists but if I had to take a guess, that number would probably be close to the general population: around 3%. And no one cares one way one way or another when they’re taking automatic rifle fire from the enemy. No one cares as well whether the guys on either side are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or any other religion. They just want to survive.
It’s easy for we at home on this Memorial Day to sometimes forget what this day is all about; those who lost their lives serving their country, sometimes in unpopular wars. Those men and women, no matter their religious belief or non-belief, should be honored the same. Saying a prayer for those honored dead may make some feel better, but I think it’s a much better practice to take a moment of silence.
We did that today at my home.