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Some Obnoxious Religious Fanatics Are Trolling The Recently Deceased Stephen Hawking

The inspiring and renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday, and the world mourned the loss of one of history’s most brilliant minds. However, as with every notable thinker, Hawking has become something of a controversial figure in fanatical religious groups, thanks to his widely publicized disbelief in God and the afterlife. As a result, some hyper-religious folks are using Hawking’s passing as an opportunity to dish out tasteless “told ya so”s.

Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain sent his condolences to Hawking’s family, but also took a moment to subtly troll Hawking’s deep-seated beliefs — which, when you’re supposedly offering condolences, is pretty damn tacky.

The Statesman later asked Cain about his questionable tweet. However, Cain stood his ground and insisted that his sentiments were totally appropriate:

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.”

Cain wasn’t the only person to offer their unsolicited religious opinions on Hawking’s death, either. Plenty of people hoped that Hawking saw the “error of his ways” in death.

While it’s extremely frustrating for people to co-opt someone’s death as an opportunity to preach religious dogma (which the deceased would assuredly abhor), it’s also somewhat comforting to know that Hawking would be vastly entertained by the number of people scrambling to cast aspersions on him in death.

I guess the best way to gauge just how fully you’ve lived your life is by the number of who people say you’re going to “burn in Hell” once you die!