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Legislator tweet after physicist Stephen Hawking’s death draws criticism

Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain has come under fire about a Steven Hawking tweet.

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A representative of the state of Texas came under fire on social media on Wednesday over a tweet about the famous British physicist Stephen Hawking that some found insensitive.

Just a few hours after He died, Rep. Briscoe Cain, a Republican, tweeted: “Stephen Hawking now knows the truth about how the universe was actually created. My condolences to his family.” He died Wednesday at the age of 76.

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

— Briscoe Cain (@BriscoeCain) March 14, 2018

The tweet was seen by some as mocking the world-famous physicist’s lifelong search for the origin of the universe and the fact that he is an atheist.

“What an embarrassment you are. Trolling someone at the time of their death is a sign of weakness, regardless of how you feel about them. You’re a jerk,” a user tweeted.

Some called on his removal from the Texas House.

“In a time like this, and I don’t care who it is, and I am sure that they care who you are, but the mockery of the deceased and his family reveals the smallness of your character. Better than that,” tweeted Rep. Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass.

In a time like this, and I don’t care who it is, and I am sure that they care who you are, but the mockery of the deceased and his family reveals the smallness of your character. Better than that. https://t.co/s1UXwTgQoU

— Rep. Poncho Nevárez (@poncho_nevarez) March 14, 2018

He was known for the rejection of the explanation of a Creator or God, created the universe.

“Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist”, the physicist wrote in his book “The Grand Design.” “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

“Before we understand science, it is logical to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation,” Hawking said in an interview with the Spanish publication El Mundo. “What I meant by ‘We want to know what the spirit of God’ is we would know everything that God would know, if there is a God, which there is not. I’m an atheist.”

But despite the overwhelming criticism, the legislature continued to be challenging, and stood behind 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, it remains a fact that God exists,” Cain told the American-Statesman. “My tweet was to the seriousness of the Gospel and what happens when we die, namely, that we on a day to the Creator of the universe, face to face.

“Stephen Hawking is a vocal atheist, who argued against and openly mocks 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 am an atheist.'”

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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