More than 40, 000 people and counting have accepted Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's Facebook invitation to "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day" on Wednesday, August 1. The Facebook Page for the event, which was created less than 24 hours ago, has attracted an enormous fan base that will prompt people nationwide to indulge in their local Chick Fil-A in support of conservative beliefs on the issue of marriage.
"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." The former GOP presidential contender writes on his Facebook invitation, "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."
Huckabee has organized this tasty event asking supporters to eat at the fast food joint in an attempt to defend Chick-fil-A after its president, Dan Cathy, asserted publiclly the company's opposition to same-sex marriage. Last week he admitted that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called 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." Cathy told the Baptist Press, the news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, "We give God thanks for that."
Mike Huckabee, the conservative politician, pundit and talk-radio host wrote, "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 continues, "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."
Chik-Fil-A was involved with Jim Henson Co., the creator of the Muppets. That company announced last Friday on it's Facebook page that it would sever ties with the fast food chain over the same issue that led Huckabee to rally around it.
"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," according to the statement. " 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."