Lawmaker Criticized After Mocking Death of Popular Icon

March 15, 2018Mar 15, 2018

A Texas state representative has recently come under fire on social media. Critics are angry after a tweet he wrote about the iconic scientist, which many people have deemed insensitive. 

Fox News reports that hours after Hawking died, representative Briscoe Cain, a Republican lawmaker, tweeted that Stephen Hawking "now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made. My condolences to his family." 

You can see the lawmaker's tweet below.

Critics interpreted this tweet as mocking the scientist's life and discrediting his life's work — trying to find the origins of the universe — due to the fact that he was an atheist. As a result, many people were angry. 

“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.

“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,” tweeted Rep. Alfonso "Poncho" Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass.

Here are some other responses:

In response to critics, Cain has defended his comments. 

“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 said. “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.’”

Cain also noted that he is sympathetic to the family's loss. 

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

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