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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