It’s been ages since America’s last epic fight over a college-food-court Chick-fil-A, so angry students at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University are joining with annoyed conservatives (most of them cranky and old) to help make a new one happen. The university announced last month that the chain with a less-than-subtle anti-gay past would open a new location in the main dining hall, and several groups on campus immediately protested that this would make them feel that their “safe place is at risk.” Chick-fil-A has “a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” a member of the student government explained to the school paper. There’s a petition explaining that campus bullying is a problem, and demanding the chain be kept off campus entirely, and the president of Duquesne’s Lambda Gay-Straight Alliance says that while she’s aware Chick-fil-A quit giving to both Focus on the Family and Exodus International years ago, they feel the school should, at minimum, “acknowledge there is still some tension.”
Fox News’ resident Chick-fil-A apologist Todd Starnes simply instructs, “Eat More Chicken, Snowflakes.” Fox & Friends discovered the story this morning, and brought in ex–Army Ranger and Outlaw Platoon author Sean Parnell to tell these students that, in fact, “there are no safe spaces in the real world.” He suggested Duquesne’s president add a line reflecting that onto every application.
Meanwhile, Franklin Graham — son of Billy Graham, and President Trump’s evangelical buddy — dismisses all student fears as “ridiculous.” He explained why earlier today on Facebook: “It’s a very safe place for them. These students might want to rethink boycotting restaurants because the owners or founders believe in the Word of God. Some great ones do.”
Last but not least, Donald Trump Jr. saw a Daily Caller post saying Duquesne students “live in ‘fear’ of the arrival of a Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurant,” and decided this matter demanded his analysis as well. That consisted of him making fun of the situation on Twitter, and hashtagging it with #triggered: