From the IAmAnAtheist.com comment form:
I remember a phrase from the past, “there are no atheist in foxholes”.
When the pressure is on I bet you will be talking to God baby.
Where do you get that idea? Do you think that people do their best thinking when they are in stressful, life-threatening situations, and that panic would clear my mind and make me realize that I have reached an incorrect conclusion regarding the divine? Or do you think that when there is no hope, people turn to any solace they can find, even if it is of imaginary origin?
I’m guessing it’s neither of these. Most likely, you just think this is a clever thing to say, or you believe that there are no real atheists, just people who pretend to be atheist that deep-down believe in God and wouldn’t be able to suppress their secret belief in time of stress. In either case, you are (hopefully unintentionally) being very insulting to those of us who have spent a lot of time, effort, and thought developing a robust world view.
Now let me share an equally offensive smarmy statement with you: there are no dead theists. When the light behind your eyes goes out, you won’t be talking to God, “baby.”