Christians nationwide are vowing to “eat mor chikin” today in observation of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, an event that was organized to show support for the popular restaurant chain’s stand for Biblical marriage.
According to the Support Chick-fil-A Facebook page, over 610, 000 people have pledged to patronize the eatery today with family and friends.
The effort was spawned by television talk show host and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who states that he became disturbed by all of the hateful remarks that he had been hearing against the company’s Christian beliefs.
“I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the [president and COO], Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld,” Huckabee wrote. “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 says that he’s not asking anyone to make a speech or demonstrate outside of their local restaurant today, but he simply wants to encourage others to make their voice heard through their presence and their pocketbook.
“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,” he stated. “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.”
He also remarked that Christians should not be “chicken” about their values, but should always be ready to publicly stand for what they believe — and their rights to believe it.
“Only a puppet would have a problem with free speech,” Huckabee said. “We are for the freedom of Americans to speak their mind and practice their faith.”
As previously reported, Chick-fil-A first came under fire following comments that president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy made to Baptist Press outlining that he is “very much supporting 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,” he added.
According to the Washington Post, Cathy had also stated on a radio broadcast last month that he believed that the promotion of homosexual “marriage” was evoking the wrath of God upon America.
“As it relates to society in general, I think we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake out fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” he said. “And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.”
Cathy’s comments have stirred much discussion on both sides of the issue. Hollywood celebrities have announced that they would be boycotting the restaurant, and mayors from Boston to San Francisco have warned Chick-Fil-A to keep out of their cities. However, others have shown an enormous outpouring of support for the company, vowing to patronize their local restaurant as much as possible.
“I got a breakfast burrito. It was great!” wrote one supporter today. “We are heading there tonight,” wrote another. “God bless Chick-fil-A!” declared one woman.
Congressmen and other national representatives have also been promoting today’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to their constituents.
On Friday, however, homosexuals plan to hold a “kiss-in” at Chick-fil-A locations nationwide as a means of demonstrating against the restaurant’s belief in Biblical marriage.