One day (but not today you'll be pleased to hear) I shall write my atheist manifesto. Clause 1 of which will say there's little benefit, and scant prospect of success, in attempting to dissuade someone who believes in god from that belief.
|War memorial dedicated to atheists in foxholes|
But let us for the sake of argument concede that in a foxhole under fire everyone including me will indeed seek a divine power. The question is, would this be evidence
(a) for the existence of a divine power? or
(b) for divine power being a figment of the human imagination, called forth by the stress of living in a frightening world?
How you answer that one will depend on what you believe about god in the first place; which leads me back to clause 1.
 The separation phrase doesn't actually appear in the US constitution but has been used repeatedly by the Supreme Court.
 Eisenhower broadcast cited in the Wikipedia entry “There are no atheists in foxholes”
 A parallel organisation, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers provides a community for atheists, humanists, and other nontheists in the military, and has something to say about atheists in foxholes on its website.