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MN professor makes news after tweeting God impregnated Virgin Mary without consent

His controversial tweets got serious exposure on Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Every once in a while, an otherwise unknown college professor will find themselves thrust into national media and embroiled in controversy over some inflammatory comment they've made.

Well, it's happened again, and this time it's a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Eric Sprankle is an associate professor of clinical psychology and sexuality studies. On Dec. 3, he posted the following comment on Twitter:

Next day, he followed it up with this tweet:

Sprankle makes the argument that, because of God's power over the Virgin Mary, she was in no way able to consent to being impregnated, making the almighty "unethical" at best and "grossly predatory at worst."

The comments have garnered thousands of comments and likes and hundreds of retweets – and the ire of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Sprankle was mentioned this week during "Today in Liberal Lunacy," a segment of Tucker Carlson Tonight in which the conservative host attacks controversial statements and policies from the left.

"It's not even brave," says Carlson, while guest Mark Steyn – a Canadian author and pundit – says: "Fifty years ago, this kind of shallow banality would be something in the province of a drunk undergraduate at three in the morning."

You can view the video below:

Also mentioned is the fact that Sprankle's twitter includes pictures of Satanic decorations in his home, including what appears to be a pentagram ornament on top of his Christmas tree:

Since Carlson's segment, Sprankle has earned mention in British tabloid the Daily Mail, and been written up in Heavy. 

As the Star Tribune notes, MSU-Mankato has responded, saying that it "respects the rights and privileges associated with the U.S. Constitution, including in this case the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and religion."

However, the paper adds, the university did say it has "received a handful of complaints" about Sprankle's comments (though apparently none from parents or donors).  

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