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Some students at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh argue that the planned opening of a Chick-fil-A in a university food court threatens the "safe place" for LGBT students.

The Lambda Gay Straight Alliance at the private Catholic university raised their concerns with university officials in recent weeks.

"I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community. So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk," said the group's president.

The university decided to add the Chick-fil-A Express next fall as a response to feedback from students. Critics on campus, however, have brought up the company's stance against same-sex marriage.

On "Fox & Friends," former Army Ranger Sean Parnell reacted to the students' apparent fear of the chicken chain's presence.

"Toughen up. There are no safe spaces in the real world," said Parnell, a Duquesne Dukes alum and co-founder of the American Warrior Initiative.

Parnell argued that no one on campus is forcing students to eat at the Chick-fil-A, calling it ridiculous to bring up the "safe space" argument. 

He said it's a "fascist" way of thinking for students to take the position that people who don't share their views must leave campus or "shut down their business."

"That is not what America was founded on. That is not what universities were founded on either," he said, urging the university president to print "no safe spaces" on every application.

Watch the full interview above.


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