I feel that theists who say this are gravely dishonoring the sacrifice of men and women who are atheists and serve their country. Those same atheist soldiers are fighting for their freedom to say such nonsense. Pat Tillman was an atheist, who selflessly gave up an NFL career and millions of dollars to serve his country, knowing that if he was killed in action, there would never be a second chance for him. THAT friends is a REAL FUCKING SACRIFICE. Tillman was a specialist in the Army Rangers and by definition a badass (I mean seriously, the guy had more muscle in his neck than I do my entire body).
In spite of his service he was opposed to the Iraq war, and was also vocal about his atheism. It was considered by General Wesley Clark, as "very possible" that Tillman was in fact murdered. If that were the case, then it would be very tempting to suggest it was because of his atheism and criticism of the war, particularly since the Bush administration tried so hard to cover it up, and Specialist Tillman had criticized Dubya's self-proclaimed "crusade". We can't have prominent people speaking ill of Big Brother, can we?
I even read one account (if I can find the link I will post it) about an incident where he and his squad were in a really tight spot, and one of the members got down on his knees and started praying, and he said something to the effect of "Get off your fucking knees and on your feet soldier! You have responsibility to this squad, not to God". Again that's not a direct quote, but from what I remember is pretty close to the mark. Wouldn't be too much of a stretch for a Bible believing Christian, who is commanded to kill all non believers, to think it was his duty to assassinate Tillman. This is of course speculative, but seems a plausible scenario. But Specialist Tillman died an atheist, who had likely occupied many foxholes.
I would like to see ANY Christian set a finer example than Specialist Tillman in regards to actually living the type of selfless, self sacrificing, morally courageous life of service to a greater, better cause that they say Christianity espouses. And please don't say Mother Teresa. You DON'T want to go there.