Mike Huckabee promotes “Chick-Fil-A Day”
In case you didn’t hear several years ago, the charitable arm of fast food chain “Chick-Fil-A” likes to donate money to anti-gay organizations.
For some reason, it’s big news over the last few days, since company president Dan Cathy reiterated his position in the Christian Post. Since then, the mayor of Boston has said he would violate the constitutional rights of the company’s owners by refusing to allow them to do business (or just make it really difficult) in “his” city for supporting organizations with which he disagrees, and the Muppets (via the Jim Henson Company) have decided not to join Chick-Fil-A in any more licensing promotions (toys for kiddie meals). The Muppets, respecters of the Constitution, will complete their current agreement with Chick-Fil-A, but donate their license fees to GLAAD.
They’re shocked, I tell you. Shocked!
A report from LGBT advocacy group Equality Matters concluded that Chick-fil-A donated more than $3 million between 2003 and 2009 to Christian groups that oppose homosexuality. In 2010 alone, the company gave nearly $2 million to such causes, according to the report.
Were they also shocked to realize the moon isn’t made of green cheese? How about that astounding scientific discovery made just last week, that water is wet? I had no idea!
While thousands recently informed of the decades-old news have decided to stop patronizing the “always a Biblically-based company”, VP short-lister Mike Huckabee has taken a different tack:
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.”
A boycott page at causes.org is also bringing a number of signers . . . just over 4,100 at this writing.
I know where I won’t be eating on August 1, and which page I’ll be signing. How about you?
Signing at either site is not likely to change where the Cathy family donates its money. It’s their money, and it’s their right to do with it as they please. However, it never hurts to tell them–and more importantly, politicians and pundits like Mike Huckabee–that most Americans don’t want to spend their money supporting anti-American ideals of division and bigotry.