Speaking Thursday with Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt about complaints by some gay and lesbian students at Duquesne University that the planned opening of a Chick-fil-A restaurant at the private, Catholic school would threaten their “safe space,” former Army Ranger Sean Parnell dropped an undeniable truth bomb about life.
“Toughen up,” the military veteran, a Duquesne Dukes alum and co-founder of the American Warrior Initiative, advised the students on Fox News‘ “Fox & Friends.” “There are no safe spaces in the real world.”
“If you’re going to be successful in this life after you leave college, you’ve got to learn to embrace diversity and open yourself up to a litany of different opinions,” he added. “You’ll never be a CEO of a major company or an entrepreneur or a manager if you’re not willing to work with people that are different than you, period, end of story.”
Parnell’s words were the plain, unadulterated truth, and the “safe space” babies at Duquesne would be wise to heed them.
Life is hard, and those who choose to bury their heads in the sand instead of approaching life’s obstacles are robbing themselves of the opportunity to grow and excel.
Consider the words once spoken by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’”
With that in mind, the gay and lesbian students at Duquesne need to stop being cowards and stare that chicken sandwich right in the face — though to be clear, it’s not like they even have to eat Chick-fil-A’s delicious grub, as was noted by Parnell.
“Nobody is forcing them to eat at Chick-fil-A,” he said. “They can eat at the student union where I ate at everyday. They had pepperoni rolls there. They’re delightful. Lots of options, people.”
But none of those options — at least not in America — include acting like a “fascist” and trying to “shut down (Chick-fil-A’s) business,” he added.
“That is not what America was founded on,” the former army ranger concluded.
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(via: Conservative Tribune)