Texas Lawmaker Mocks Stephen Hawking For Being An Atheist

Texas Lawmaker Mocks Stephen Hawking For Being An Atheist March 14, 2018

Stay classy Texas: Conservative Christian lawmaker Briscoe Cain mocks Stephen Hawking for being an atheist only hours after he died.

State Rep. Briscoe Cain, a conservative Christian lawmaker in Texas, is under fire after mocking legendary British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking via Twitter only hours after the legendary scientist died.

Cain, an outspoken member of the Texas House Freedom Caucus, tweeted the following immediately after Hawking’s death:

Stephen Hawking now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made. My condolences to his family.

The snarky and disrespectful tweet was met with swift condemnation. Many castigated Cain on Twitter, including several of his colleagues in the Texas House, both Republican and Democrat.

For example, Texas state Rep. Jeff Leach, a Republican and the policy director for the Freedom Caucus, tweeted:

Hey fellow Christians – cool it with the hateful & snarky Stephen Hawking condemnations. We should mourn when someone passes without knowing Jesus and celebrate with the angels when any man comes to faith. I pray that, at some point before his final breath, he did the latter.

And another of Cain’s colleagues in the House, state Rep. “Poncho” Nevárez, a Democrat, also responded to Cain’s tweet:

At a time like this, and I don’t care who it is, and I am sure they care less who you are, but mocking the deceased and his family reveals the smallness of your character. Be better than that.

In an attempt at damage control, Cain issued the following statement to the Houston Chronicle:

Losing a loved one is never easy and I am sympathetic for his family’s loss. My prayers are with them. Stephen Hawking was brilliant, many even called him one of the greatest public intellectuals of the last century, but the fact remains that God exists.

My tweet was to show the gravity of the Gospel and what happens when we pass, namely, that we all will one day meet our Creator face to face. Though Hawking has long been a vocal atheist who advocated against and openly mocked God, I hope nothing but the best for his family and pray that he came to know faith before he passed.

Asked about “the etiquette of trolling the recently deceased,” Cain told the American-Statesman:

I am sympathetic for his family’s loss. Losing a loved one is difficult for everyone. My prayers are with them.

 Cain continued:

While many see him as one of the greatest public intellectuals of the last century, and no one disputes that he was brilliant, the fact remains that God exists. My tweet was to show the gravity of the Gospel and what happens when we die, namely, that we all will one day meet the Creator of the universe face to face.

In reality, Cain’s tweet simply made apparent the fact that the conservative Christian lawmaker is but a small and mean-spirited little man lacking in both character and intellect.

Yet Cain is not alone in his deplorable conduct. In fact, many conservative Christians are taking pleasure in the false idea that Stephen Hawking is burning in Hell.

Bottom line: After legendary British theoretical physicist and intellectual giant Stephen Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England, at age 76, the outspoken atheist is now being attacked, maligned, mocked, and trolled by angry conservative Christians threatened by the powerful example of a life lived in service to science and reason.

Texas Lawmaker Briscoe Cain Mocks Stephen Hawking For Being An Atheist (Image via YouTube)

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