A reader sent me the above graphic with a Dave Barry quote on it.
Oddly enough, it included a weird line in the background that reads, “trying god’s patience.” That doesn’t make any sense in context of the quote.
I was just talking to Tina the other day about how, whether it comes off or not, Dave Barry is often the voice in my head when I’m trying to be funny.
Trying is a key word in that sentence.
• “The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.”
• “People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.”
• “The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers.”
• “Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. (This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print.)”
• “I like the relaxed way in which the Japanese approach religion. I think of myself as basically a moral person, but I’m definitely not religious, and I’m very tired of the preachiness and obsession with other people’s behavior characteristic of many religious people in the United States. As far as I could tell, there’s nothing preachy about Buddhism. I was in a lot of temples, and I still don’t know what Buddhists believe, except that at one point Kunio said ‘If you do bad things, you will be reborn as an ox.’” (Dave Barry Does Japan)
• “I liked making people laugh, and I decided I was an atheist early on. My Dad was all right with that. We argued about it all the time, but it was good-natured. He was the most open-minded human being I’ve ever known.” (Barry’s father was a Presbyterian minister)
• “The thing about religion is that everybody else’s always appears stupid.”