A gay student group at the private Catholic Duquesne University in Pittsburgh made national news last week when they protested a planned Chick-Fil-A eatery on campus because they feared it would violate their safe space.
According to Fox News, group leader Niko Martini complained that “Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” and to have it on campus would violate the university’s “diversity and inclusion” mission.
Now retired Army Ranger Sean Parnell, a Duquesne alum, has gone on “Fox & Friends” to give his own message to those students:
“They’re a bunch of babies,” Parnell said of the students. “College is supposed to prepare you for the real world, not shield you from opposing opinions. And safe spaces do exactly that.”
“There are no safe spaces in the real world,” he continued. “If you’re going to be successful in this life after you leave college, you’ve got to learn to embrace adversity and open yourself up to a litany of different opinions. You will never be the CEO of a major company or an entrepreneur or a manager if you are not willing to work with people that are different than you. Period. End of story.”
After hearing what the gay group’s president said about Chick-fil-A needing to go away because they’re putting safe spaces at risk, Parnell replied, “I’m sorry, but that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Safe spaces don’t prepare kids for the real world. You know what that is? That is fascism cloaked in free speech.”
Then Parnell declared, “If I was the president of Duquesne University, on every application would be ‘No safe spaces at this university, but if you need one, check this box here.’ And as all those freshmen come to their orientation and process, I would make sure they had a crib in their dorm room with a pacifier and that an RA would come in...and swaddle them up nice and tight every night.”
“I have three children,” Parnell said. “They are eight, six, and four, and they have more mental toughness than a lot of these kids at school today.”
Interviewer Ainsley Earhardt could barely keep a straight face.
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