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Friday, December 7, 2018

Just in time for Christmas, a professor isn’t sure if the Virgin Mary had given “consent” when an angel came from heaven to tell her she would be the mother of Christ.

There are many stories about political correctness running amok, but this might be the dumbest example of all time.

I swear I’m not making this up.

Eric Sprankle, an associate professor of Clinical Psychology and Sexuality Studies at Minnesota State University Mankato, tweeted “The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.”

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“Grossly predatory”

“When a Twitter user who seemed to have at least a working knowledge of the Bible called Sprankle out and said that the Virgin Mary did, indeed, OK the plan, Sprankle responded by calling God’s plan “an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst,” The Blaze reported.

The Twitter responder wrote, “Sorry. LK 1 26:38 states clearly that the angel communicated God’s plan for Mary and in verse 38 she agreed. Whether you believe or disbelieve, it helps if you actually read the text.”

Sprankle responded, “The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying ‘no’ negates her ‘yes.’ To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.”

“I’d never force you to be in a relationship with me, but I will destroy you and everyone you love if you aren’t,'” Sprankle mockingly paraphrased.

That political correctness has gotten out of hand is something we all know. That a professor – of course, something this nutty would come from academia – would take it to this ridiculous extreme is a new low.

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