Texas Legislator Attacks Hawking

Briscoe Cain

This has been reported a few times, but we found it at Fox News: Lawmaker’s tweet after physicist Stephen Hawking’s death draws criticism. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

A Texas state representative came under fire on social media Wednesday over a tweet about famed British physicist Stephen Hawking that some found insensitive. Just hours after Hawking died, Rep. Briscoe Cain, a Republican, tweeted: “Stephen Hawking now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made. My condolences to his family.”

“Some” found it insensitive? Fox says:

The tweet was seen by some as mocking the world-renowned physicist’s lifelong work to find the origins of the universe and the fact that he was an atheist.

“What an embarrassment you are. Trolling someone at the time of their death is a sign of weakness no matter how you feel about them. You are a jerk,” one user tweeted. Some called on his removal from the Texas House.

Who is Briscoe Cain? Here’s his page at the Legislature’s website. It has no biographical information, but we’re using the picture, which we assume is free of copyright restrictions. This is his campaign website. It seems that he’s a lawyer and a “Christian with a record of defending the unborn, religious liberty and traditional marriage.”

He has a write-up at Wikipedia: Briscoe Cain. They refer to a study that ranks him as the “most conservative” legislator in the Texas House, and also mentions that Texas Values, a Texas-based organization that advocates for traditional family values, scored him 100 percent and named Cain a “Faith & Family Champion”

Okay, back to Fox. They give us some other critical tweets, and some information about Hawking. Then they tell us:

But despite the overwhelming criticism, the lawmaker remained defiant and stood behind his comment.

Fox ends with a big quote from Cain:

“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,” Cain told the American-Statesman. “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.

“Stephen Hawking was a vocal atheist, who advocated against and openly mocked God,” Cain continued. “Hawking has said, ‘[T]here is no god. No one created our universe, and no one directs our fate.’ And, elsewhere, `I’m an atheist.’”

That’s it. Cain is unrepentant. And so — oh wait — we’re getting a message from the beyond. Here it is:

[*Voice from above*] Briscoe Cain, you’re an idiot!

So there you are, dear reader. Make of it what you will.

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19 responses to “Texas Legislator Attacks Hawking

  1. Cain isn’t able…

  2. Michael Fugate

    At least he wasn’t named for my favorite TV show character…
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105932/

  3. I assume that the “traditional marriage” in “Texas values” has something to say about multiple divorces and adultry.

  4. Michael Fugate

    Not to mention farm animals…

  5. From a Christian’s point of view an atheist that is also regarded as highly intelligent must be threatening.

  6. The Wikipedia bio shows him involved in one of the left’s frequent “de-platforming” dust ups. Should have let him speak. I’m sure that he would have distinguished himself as an idiot.

  7. docbill1351

    “Texas Values” is a pretentious podunk little organization basically run by one guy, Jon Saenz. A rabid homophobe and religious kook, Saenz organizes press conferences in Austin as if he actually represents someone. That Cain got a “100” rating means absolutely nothing.

    No surprise, he’s also a creationist and has attempted to meddle in Board of Education policies. Oh, rabid homophobe’s wife left him for another woman. Sweet justice.

  8. I sent him an email thanking him for his comments, pointing out that such pig ignorance is atheism’s best advertisement, and encouraging him to carry on.

  9. What the guy said is totally false as there is no gawd and Hawking is now nothing, so now, knows nothing. But since the real gawd admires intelligence, he is now with great company listening to gawd complained how st00pid religious people are!

  10. “Stephen Hawking was a vocal atheist, who advocated against and openly mocked God,” …
    Did Hawking really mock god? Was that in his writings or talks? Can Cain cite any instances of such mocking?

  11. “Stephen Hawking was a vocal atheist, who advocated against and openly mocked God,” Well, the biblical gods are *extremely* mockable. and their idiot followers are doubly[*] so.

    * Doubling the exponent.

  12. Briscoe Cain:
    “Stephen Hawking now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made.”

    This would imply that even an atheist like Stephen Hawking will make it to heaven. Guess I have nothing to worry about then. Hallelujah! Thanking you in advance, Briscoe!

  13. Hawking should have admired god. God gave him the opportunity to be confined to a wheel chair for 50 years so he couldn’t stray from the true path. He took away his power of speech so he couldn’t blaspheme. But god saved his generosity for Cain as he left him without a functioning brain while Hawking had his. Thinking is the root of all evil in reality you know.

  14. Like KenP I always encourage it when christian fools like BC exposes themselves as the morons they are. Indeed he does a better case deconverting christians than StephenH ever could.

  15. Holding The Line In Florida

    Me thinks that he bears a striking resemblance to Mr Bean or Black Adder. Things that make you go hmmmmm.

  16. Retired Prof

    RSG points out that Cain implies “that even an atheist like Stephen Hawking will make it to heaven. Guess I have nothing to worry about then.”

    Afraid not. Cain believes God will clarify everything for Hawking as a procedural matter just before consigning him to hell in the Great White Throne judgement.

    What makes me think so is a book titled *Heaven*, by one Randy Alcorn. It was given to me by a cousin who is a Baptist deacon. I ignored the early sections and skipped directly to the chapter on hell, which made it abundantly clear that’s where I am bound to go. Knowing that, I could see no point in reading the rest of the book.

  17. Retired Prof says: “Cain believes God will clarify everything for Hawking as a procedural matter just before consigning him to hell in the Great White Throne judgement.”

    That’s exactly how it is in the Jack Chick comics.

  18. People like Rep. Cain (gotta love that name!) give conservatism, not to mention Christianity, a bad name.

  19. I’ve read several of Hawking’s books and the bible (several versions) from end to end. My money’s on Hawking.