A Bunch of Religious People Think Stephen Hawking Is Currently Burning in Hell

With the death of the brilliant theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, you knew there would be religious people eager to use the tragedy to promote their own beliefs. What’s surprising is that it’s not just random trolls doing it.

Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain offered his condolences, but not before one final jab at Hawking’s life.

He didn’t take it back when a local reporter asked about it, either, insisting that his goal was to remind everybody about eternal hellfire.

Asked about the etiquette of trolling the recently deceased, Cain told the American-Statesman, “I am sympathetic for his family’s loss. Losing a loved one is difficult for everyone. My prayers are with them.”

But, Cain continued, “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. 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.

He’s not alone. Here’s a sampling of what some religious people were saying:

Let’s call this the Stephen Hawking Number: It’s the amount of time between your death and how quickly religious people have to tell people on social media that you’re burning in Hell.

May we all live as Hawking did and strive to make that number as small as possible.

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