Chick-Fil-A came under fire last week after its president Dan Cathy, declared "guilty as charged" to supporting anti-gay groups. Now the restaurant chain is getting support from Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and former presidential candidate.
Mike Huckabee, conservative politician, pundit and talk-radio host wrote, has announced on Facebook that on August 1, he would be celebrating "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day" in support of the Chick-Fil-A chain and its president.
Huckabee, on Facebook, said that he is "incensed at the vitriolic assaults" against the Atlanta restaurant chain.
Dan Cathy came under widespread condemnation following his statement that gay marriage was "inviting God's judgment on our nation." Digital Journal reported that last week, Cathy admitted his anti-gay stance in an interview with Baptist Press. He said: "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that following his statement, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, vowed to make it difficult for the company to procure licences to operate in his city. The Boston Herald reports Menino said: “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”
ABC News reports that Jim Henson Co, creator of the "Muppets," announced last Friday on it’s Facebook page that it would sever ties with Chic-fil-A. According to ABC News, the company in a statement, said:“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD" (GLAAD is an advocacy group for lesbian, gay and transgender people).
Huckabee, announcing his plan to hold a "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day" on August 1, wrote on Facebook:
“I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick-Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld. [Chick-Fil-A] is a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.
"I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 ‘Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.’ No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant. This effort is not being launched by the Chick-Fil-A company and no one from the company or family is involved in proposing or promoting it.”Politico reports that more than 38,000 people had accepted Huckabee's Facebook invitation as of Monday afternoon.