MIC.COM – 7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Atheists

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1. Atheists are pacifists who don’t fight America’s wars

This myth has remained popular, and is often repackaged as the phrase, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” That quote, popularized after World War II, is often attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and has been used to imply that atheists are cowardly, inclined to pacifism or, in some cases, find God while serving in war zones.

However, atheists have long objected to the sentiment. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has gone so far as to request the Air Force remove an article from an Air Force-affiliated website for “publicly denigrat[ing] those without religion.”

Meanwhile, it’s a fallacy to suggest that the nonreligious don’t serve in the armed forces, just as it is incorrect to equate atheism with pacifism. American hero Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman was not known to be religious, a fact that Tillman family members later said was used against them as they sought answers regarding his death by friendly fire.

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