Angry at Professor Hawking's assertion that the creation of the universe can be explained without the need for God, a radical Christian group in America has announced that it will burn his book 'A Brief History of Time and Space'.
The Rev Terry Jones said he and his flock will burn copies of the book at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida next week and he has advised followers to place their orders for the book with Barnes & Noble early to avoid turning up at the book burning empty handed and looking silly. He has said that they should make sure that they don't buy the DVD instead because "metal doesn't burn quite as well as paper".
He has also invited followers to burn wheelchairs, symbolising Professor Hawking, though it is not clear how many are likely to take up his call, given that there is a three-month waiting list to get a wheelchair in America and purchasers must show that they can't walk.
Politicians have warned against burning Hawking's book, fearful of reprisals from Hawking extremists. The leadership of banned evolutionist group Al Hawking put out a press release on the Discovery Channel saying, "If our glorious leader's book is burned, we will disprove Einstein's theory of relativity, which will immediately affect earth's gravitational field and cause everyone on the planet to float up into space and suffocate to death, muahahahahahahahaha!"