The notion that there are "no atheists in foxholes" is a myth, new research shows.
The news comes from the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers (MAAF), which reviewed a self-funded study by doctors Brian and Craig Wansink on responses to combat stress in and after military service. The study was published in the independent Journal of Religion and Health.
While many combat vets do indeed pray to relieve stress, the research also found that 28% of Pacific Infantry never prayed, even during heavy combat. MAAF writes, "[T]he study proves more than disproves the service of atheists in combat."
MAAF reports that the researchers were appreciative of its work with military atheists, even linking to MAAF in the report.