Barry is a humorist and syndicated columnist.
From a 25-Nov-2001 interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper:
Barry embraced humor, which came naturally, but not religion or definite career goals.
"I liked making people laugh, and I decided I was an atheist early on," he says. "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."
From Barry's 1992 book Dave Barry Does Japan
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.'
This makes as much sense to me as anything I ever heard from, for example, the Reverend Pat Robertson.