Briscoe Cain, a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, had this condolence message on Twitter for the family of Stephen Hawking: “Stephen Hawking now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made. My condolences to his family.”
The 33 year old freshman legislator may have been taking a page from his party’s standard bearer, President Donald Trump, who the New Yorker magazine calls the Troll-in-Chief. Cain has the most conservative voting record in the Texas House of Representatives according to a Rice University index. Cain was asked about his comments and responded,
“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.”
Stephen Hawking now knows the truth about how the universe was actually made.
My condolences to his family.
— Briscoe Cain (@BriscoeCain) March 14, 2018
The famous English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died on March 14th at the age of 76 and had much to say about the idea of God. In his most well known book, “A Brief History of Time,” Hawking wrote that the theory of everything would lead to knowing, “the mind of God.”
In an interview with Reuters in 2007 he explained, “I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science… the laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws.”
In 2010, he further explained to ABC News that God identified with the laws of nature – as Einstein believed – made sense, but not, “a human-like being” or a personal God:
“When you look at the vast size of the universe and how insignificant and accidental human life is in it, that seems most impossible.”
In 2011, Professor Stephen Hawking had this to say, which incidentally responds to the Texas conservative politician’s troll message:
“I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first. I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
As religious commentators distorted his views on God, Hawking more recently declared, “I am an atheist. Religion believes in miracles, but these are not compatible with science.”