Media statements

Below are examples of how an old aphorism can belittle the service of atheists. In some cases, there is an intent to harm, but in many cases, there is simple neglect. MAAF hopes that writers and editors will lead the way in ensuring that the "No atheists in foxholes" slur is set aside as untrue and discriminatory. And also to choose other quotes when interviewees choose to use discriminatory language. This quote should never be used for simple literary expedience. Moreover, military leaders should take public disciplinary action against members of the military making this discriminatory statement. We invite the journalists and editors below to contact MAAF

An honorable man gets his medal
Carol Robidoux, The Union Leader, quoting a WWII veteran
Feb 3, 2010
"They say there are no atheists in foxholes. But as we sat in those holes, praying that God would save us, I thought about the fact that the other side was doing the same thing. And then I wondered if God is just playing some kind of game with us. Pretty much I decided at that point there was no God."

Have A Very Merry Christmas
Kirk McNair,
Dec 24, 2009
"We are well-aware of the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union and other well -meaning busybodies to separate Christmas from everything except churches and department stores, and allowing to do whatever you want in the privacy of your home. And we know that there are Alabama fans of every faith. And even non-faith, unless Alabama is driving late for the game-winning score against Auburn. There are no atheists in foxholes or final examinations or late in the fourth quarter of a close game. So we ask the tolerance of those who believe otherwise or not at all, and those who believe in different ways as we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas."

Ministry works to provide Bibles to troops
Alyssa Farah, WorldNet Daily
Nov 30, 2009
A ministry that reaches out to members of the US military is convinced of the accuracy of the old saying, "There are no atheists in foxholes ... Its directors say there is no answer like a faith in God explained in the Bible to help.

The way I see it: Thanks to God, free market, free press
Don Polson, Red Bluff Daily News

This is as indisputable as the adage that there are no atheists in foxholes. Of course, another adage that "God helps those who help themselves" explains ...

Part 16: Inflation and the Savior State
Gary North,
Nov 19, 2009
Men cry out for deliverance in times of distress. "There are no atheists in foxholes." The trouble is, the state got them into foxholes. So, they believe in the state as their source of deliverance, up until the day the deliverance fails to arrive."

Romantic Rivals Spur Religiosity
Tom Jacobs,
Nov 17, 2009
... of capturing the attention of a potential romantic partner. Perhaps the adage "there are no atheists in foxholes" also applies to the war between the sexes.

No time to play politics - or jump queues
The Gazette (Montreal)
Nov 4, 2009
Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are few vaccine skeptics in epidemics, even incipient ones. Conspiracy theorists who toyed a month ago with ...

We of Little Faith
Jon Santiago,
Nov 5, 2009
203-254-4010, It's said there are no atheists in foxholes. Especially when the ammunition's run out. Certainly all of us taxpayers, ...

Banker's talk takes a poetic turn
Paul Vieira, Financial Post
Oct 26, 2009
"There are no atheists in foxholes, and there are no ideologues in financial crises," he said. "We will not remind market participants of the many oaths ...

Pharma enters emerging markets via generics
Clay Boswell,
Oct 7, 2009
As the saying goes, there are no atheists in foxholes, and big pharma is nothing if not embattled. Growth in key markets is steadily declining; ...

Sh-t happens
Huffington Post - New York,NY,USA

Ah yes indeed, wouldn't do for me, but if you are a believer it must be a comfort. Sort of like the "no atheists in foxholes" nonsense.

Hearts and minds
Salvatore Caputo, Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
Oct 2, 2009
While there may be no atheists in foxholes, attendance at services is low - typically Greenberg and another Jewish soldier, and some non-Jewish friends. ...

Living the Faith: Bill Whitney
Donis Tracy, The Pilot
Oct 2, 2009
It has been famously said that there are no atheists in foxholes. No one knows that better than Bill Whitney, parishioner at St. Bartholomew Parish in Needham. A military man, Whitney found himself facing his mortality more than once in his 24-year navy career.

What I've learned from 9/11
Alex Ferguson, Bleacher Report
Sep 19, 2009
As the great saying goes: “There aren't any atheists in foxholes,” they must have been praying to their God, any God, that the people they knew would get ...

No atheists in birthing centers
Peter Heck, OneNewsNow
Sep 8, 2009
It has often been said that there are no atheists in foxholes. Having never been in combat, I can't speak to that. But having just been present for the ...

The dichotomy of effective prayer
Jaxon Cohen,
July 25, 2009
It is said there are no atheists in foxholes. Must we face the end to discover the magical nature of effective prayer? ...

Self-Help Books: Why Women Can't Stop Reading Them
Kiri Blakeley, Forbes
Jun 10, 2009
However, as she writes in her blog chronicling the separation, just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there's no snarking on self-help books when one's life is in turmoil

Welcome, hurricane season
Chan Lowe, The Lowe Down
May 28, 2009
You know that old expression, "There are no atheists in foxholes?" Try this one: "There are no Libertarians in roofless homes."

Xanax Nation Beats a Panicked Nation Any Day
Caroline Baum, Bloomberg
May 15, 2009
It's said that there are no atheists in foxholes and no libertarians in financial crises. Still, many of the decisions made during the Panic of 2008 were ...

In this instance, Vikings right to gamble on Harvin
Jim Souhan, Star Tribune
Apr 26, 2009
Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there can't be any moralists in NFL draft rooms. ...

Ad:tech BYOB
Rebecca Lieb, ClickZ News
Apr 24, 2009
Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, rivalries and jealousies were put aside this year in favor of a sense of community and unity. ...

Converts' search brings them to Catholicism
Charita Goshay, Canton Repository
Apr 11, 2009
As they say, there are no atheists in foxholes.” At 15, Leah Wilson is one of this year’s youngest converts. The bright and personable McKinley High School ...

That unmistakable tenor timbre
David Weininger, Boston Globe
Apr 3, 2009
For his part, Bostridge doesn't much care how people label him, though it's his view that just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no intellectuals on stage.

Some military tales engage the reader, while others have little drama
Brian Olscewski, The Catholic Review
Mar 30, 2009
In “God in the Foxhole,” Charles W. Sasser gets the obvious out of the way in the introduction when he notes the adage that there are no atheists in foxholes. For the following 300-plus pages, he demonstrates the validity not only about nonbelievers in foxholes, but also ...

Is the Fed's Independence at Risk?
Seeking Alpha
Mar 27, 2009
But the damage was done, and policy has turned into an atheists in foxholes situation. At this point, the best the Fed can do is to set the stage to ...

Danger levels the praying field
Pensacola News Journal
Mar 19, 2009
The old adage "There are no atheists in foxholes" proved correct. The same verse in the message translation says, "Don't be bluffed into silence by the ...

Roundball Musings, Part 1
Birmingham Weekly

They say there are no atheists in foxholes – well, there are no laissez faire basketball fans in March, either. But before we get to the tournament, ...

Stimulus bill puts people to work

This is the purpose of the bill; all Americans had better hope that it continues this way because just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no ...

The Long View The inner light of a man
Manuel Quezon III,
Mar 11, 2009
For others, of the weakness of human nature — there are no atheists in foxholes. “What,” the head of a tribunal established by the Paris Commune of 1871 ...

Iowa To Take Up Gender-Neutral Marriage Bill
Mar 11, 2009
Now, we're not going to take any joy in the country's dwindling economy, but if there's no atheists in foxholes, we're curious to see how many bigots there are in recessions.

Mixed response to stem-cell reversal
Charity Goshay, Canton Repository, quoting Rabbi Leah Herz, Temple Israel, Canton

“There is the expression ‘There are no atheists in foxholes.’ Likewise, I do not believe that there are any stem-cell research objectors who have a loved ...

At the White House (If Nowhere Else), Economic Optimism Abounds
Tim Duy, Seeking Alpha
Mar 10, 2009
... might worry about the long term budgetary consequences, but we all might soon fall back on the old battlefield adage: There are no atheists in foxholes.

Rising above partisanship
Philadelphia Inquirer quoting Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

As Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said, "There are no atheists in foxholes and no ideologues in financial crises." The challenges we face are not ...

STAWAR: Clinging to what?
Terry Stawar, New Albany Tribune
Feb 19, 2009
But on the other hand, who can seriously question the wisdom of turning to your religious faith in uncertain times. As Hoosier journalist Ernie Pyle wrote, “There are no atheists in foxholes.”

Jump start
Rutland Herald
Feb 19, 2009
They say there are no atheists in foxholes. Likewise, there are no conservatives in today's governor's or mayor's offices. ...

EDITORIAL: Restore Aid for States
Toledo Blade reprinted by
Feb 12, 2009
It's been said that there are no atheists in foxholes. Apparently, there are few dogmatic Republicans in governors' mansions during a recession either. ...

Obama unveils White House office for faith-based partnerships
Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News
Feb 7, 2009
Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are none in the Oval Office in the depths of war and recession. ...

An IDF Soldier Tells His Story From Gaza
Aryeh, Five Towns Jewish Times Online
Feb 5, 2009
And you know how they say there’s no atheist in a foxhole? It’s really true. Rabbis were giving out Tehillim, and every soldier took one, or two, or three, ...

With caution, let the spending begin
Jack Roberts, The Oregonian
Jan 24, 2009
It may turn out that, just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no fiscal conservatives in an economic downturn. ...

Lotterman: Will the big minds in economic theory change course in ... Ed Lotterman, Idaho Statesman
Jan 20, 2009
But just as there are few atheists in foxholes, there are few anti-Keynesians in the middle of a full-blown financial panic. A philosophically consistent ...

Current crisis provides spiritual opportunities
Bob Beltz,
Jan 19, 2009
You might be familiar with the wartime expression, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” It refers to the common experience of soldiers praying as the bombs ...

Stimulus only delays decline in our wealth
Baltimore Sun quoting Paul Krugman
Jan 1, 2009
... might be in the long run, as economist Paul Krugman has remarked, "There are no atheists in foxholes and there are no libertarians in financial crises. ...