Last week, Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy told the world that his restaurant chain is against gay-marriage. The comment caused an outrage in the LGBT community, severed a business tie with the Jim Henson Company, and had the mayor of Boston asking the restaurant to vacate his city. The comment has also seen a lot of people coming out in support of the restaurant. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has started a Chick-Fil-A appreciation Day, asking supporters to visit the restaurant on August 1st.
“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. The Cathy family, led by Chick Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story.”
Huckabee started a Facebook group asking supporters of the restaurant to go to Chick-Fil-A on August 1st. So far, close to 40,000 people have agreed to partake in Chick-Fil-A appreciation day.
“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.”
What do you think of Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day?
Chick-Fil-A has donated millions to anti-gay groups but the controversy was stirred up again last week when CEO Dan Cathy 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…we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
What do you think of the Chick-Fil-A controversy?
Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day isn’t the only Facebook group that has been started since Cathy made his comments last week. National Same Sex Kiss Day At Chick-Fil-A is asking for people to show up at restaurants on August 3rd to share a same-sex kiss in protest of the company’s anti-gay stance.