I respect Stephen Hawking I really do. His books are interesting, and throughout his works the complex ideas of modern physics are explained to the ordinary bloke in a readable manner (well at least most of the time). However, he is a deeply flawed individual who is sometimes wildly wrong, deeply unpleasant and arrogant about his obvious abilities. Stephen has hit the headlines today, worldwide, with an interview with the Guardian where he claims that "Heaven is fairytale made up by people that are afraid of death" , a pretty standard Atheist statement to be honest - but the American religious Right have gone batshit crazy (including Sarah Palin) accusing him of some kind of satanic plot. One of the best places to see the ignorant at work is of course twitter, all of the tweets below are genuine and I have kept the user names deliberately in place to ensure the those guilty of this kind of vile crap cannot hide. I am sure that the founder of the religion that many of these people profess, (who said "If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.") would be utterly ashamed of these so called Christians. I leave you with their comments.
"@AliColeLive: Stephen Hawking's crippled backside can go to HELL!! I mean that with every atom of my Jesus loving body”
"@SammiSkene :Stephen Hawking is a fucking dumbass idiot."
"@awaterboarding for you Is this guy a liberal? Seriously, who would say something so stupid?=>Physicist Stephen Hawking Says There Is No Heaven !"
"@opieradio Stephen Hawking's is a prick for calling heaven a "fairy story" you need church. i don't care about your Notable Awards your still stupid"
"@jamesa18 Stephen Hawking only hates God because god fucked up his body"
"@EmpressRae So err, i'm reading these stephen hawking tweets and.. err and he calls heaven a fairy tale. Err, someone push him off his chair.."
"@LeezyFBaybee Stephen Hawking Man He Is Pretty Fucked Up Huh!?"
"@Sir_Dowling R.I.P. Stephen Hawking"
"@tamemaniac F**k Stephen Hawking,bitch ass dick sucker!!!"
"@natehartley Stephen Hawking is quoted as saying, "Heaven is a fairy tale." In response God said, Hence why I put him in a wheelchair."