By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Conservative groups throughout the country have called on their supporters to purchase meals today at embattled chicken sandwich chain Chick-fil-A. The fast food company has come under fire because one of its executives dared to express non-politically correct views about gay marriage. After homosexual militants called on a boycott of the restaurant and the liberal Mayors of Chicago and Boston said they wouldn’t allow the company to do business in their towns former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) responded by declaring August 1, “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
Gov. Huckabee 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. 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. Starting at age 46 Truett Cathy built Chick Fil-A into a $4 billion a year enterprise with …over 1600 stores. At 91, he is still active in the company, but his son Dan runs it day to day as CEO. It’s a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.”
Gov. Huckabee said, “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.”
Alabama conservatives on the whole seem to be supporting this message.
Senator Arthur Orr (R) told his Facebook friends, “Don’t forget to visit your local Chick Filet franchise tomorrow and show a little support for free speech.”
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore said in a written statement that, “Marriage between one man and one woman is an institution ordained by God and is the foundation of the family, upon which the future of our nation rests. Like the great majority of the country, Alabama has recognized in its law that marriage, to be valid, can only occur between one man and one woman.”
Chief Justice Moore said, “At a time when moral values are under attack by a philosophy which contradicts everything upon which our Country began, it is encouraging to see Chick-fil-A boldly stand for truth and virtue in our society.”
Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said, “Treated my staff to breakfast from Chick-fil-a this morning to support free speech and family values. Also, chicken biscuits are delicious,” and posted pictures of he and his staff all eating Chick-fil-A sandwiches. Speaker Hubbard will be on CNN today expressing his support for Chick-fil-A.
Republican Party Communications Director Shana Kluck defended the character of the Cathy family. “All those entrepreneurs they’ve empowered to start franchises, creating jobs and generating taxes for the community. All those children they’ve helped at their summer camps. All those scholarships they’ve provided to college students. All those safe homes provided to parentless children. All those marriages saved and strengthened at their retreats. All those people they’ve helped in third world nations.”
Prominent North Carolina evangelist Billy Graham said, “I want to express my support for my good friends Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, and for their strong stand for the Christian faith. I’ve known their family for many years and have watched them grow Chick-fil-A into one of the best businesses in America while never compromising their values. Chick-fil-A serves each of its customers with excellence, and treats everyone like a neighbor. It’s easy to see why Chick-fil-A has become so popular across America. Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God’s word. I appreciate the Cathy family’s public support for God’s definition of marriage. I also appreciate Governor Mike Huckabee’s leadership and for encouraging Americans to support Chick-fil-A on August 1. As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to “Eat Mor Chikin” and show my support by visiting Chick-fil-A next Wednesday.”