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Chick-Fil-A: Huckabee Gets 600,000 To Attend “Appreciation Day”

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Chick-Fil-A is all over the news lately after president Dan Cathy made remarks about the company’s stance on marriage which incensed the gay and lesbian community. It seems everyone has taken a side on the matter; one can’t scroll through a Facebook or Twitter feed without seeing something about it. And this week marks two very big events involving the company which are sure to turn up the fire under the story even more.

Today, thousands of Chick-Fil-A supporters are scheduled to show up at restaurants all over the country in appreciation of the company and their values, and it’s all thanks to former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Huckabee started an event on Facebook called “Support Chick-Fil-A” about a week ago, and since then it’s garnered almost 600,000 RSVPs as well as the support of Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, and the Reverend Billy Graham. Huckabee has posted several photos from this morning as attendees spoke to reporters about their mission, and was very clear on his Facebook page that this was not organized as a “protest”, but rather as an event to support a company’s right to free speech.

A little over a week ago, I simply urged people to go and eat at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. I mentioned it on my TV show and have been discussing it on my daily radio show. The media has called it a “protest.” It is most certainly not. No one is protesting anything. This is not a stand against a person, a group of people, or even someone else’s belief. This is a simple act of having a meal at a place that sells chicken, not politics. It’s to affirm to a Christian brother, Dan Cathy, that he has not been disenfranchised from his citizenship nor his right of free speech as a taxpaying American. It is about taking a stand for businesses to be free of economic bullying and hate speech. It is an opportunity to have a decent meal at a decent place that was founded and continues to be run by decent people who believe in treating their customers and employees with kindness and to say “thank you” to them. The only protest that I know of is coming from the chickens, who will give their lives in large numbers to accommodate what hopefully will be a big day at Chick Fil-A.

Chick Fil-A neither proposed this nor has promoted it. It was a simple idea I had and shared with a few friends, posted the online and asked them to share with their friends. I don’t have that many friends, but my friends seem to. Since then, over 21 million have viewed my Facebook event page. We are north of half a million people who have said they will eat at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday and still adding more. Millions more are aware of it and might show up in one of the 1600 Chick Fil-A stores.

The attacks on Christians are disturbing, especially by “wanna be tyrants, like the mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D. C. who have vowed to either keep Chick Fil-A out of their communities or have openly said this business is not welcome because they (the mayors) don’t agree with the personal views of the Chick Fil- A CEO. Not only is such a position by the mayors illegal and unconstitutional, but it’s disturbing to think that anyone elected to public office would publicly exhibit their bigotry toward Christians, their hypocrisy in singling out only Christians, but not others including Muslims who have even stronger beliefs about same sex marriage, and their contempt of the law regarding censorship and free speech.

On Wednesday, the lines might be long, but your presence and your purchase is a statement. America doesn’t need more protesters-we’ll leave that to the Occupy crowd. America needs more protectors of freedom, family, and faith. And in this case, chicken nuggets!

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To counter the support day, supporters of the LGBT community have rallied to form an event on Friday which they’ve called “National Same-Sex Kiss Day” and will take place at Chick-Fil-A restaurants everywhere. Participants are encouraged to take photos and can join the event on the official Facebook page, where pictures and stories can be uploaded. WebProNews will cover that news on Friday as it develops.

Chick-Fil-A: Huckabee Gets 600,000 To Attend “Appreciation Day”
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  • Kimberly

    Watered down sin will be Judged by God. If we don’t stand up for what God’s word commands as a Christian we might as well believe that anything goes!

  • john conlon

    If they would ask every owner of bussiness how they thought about there beliefs ,how many would be shut down. Wake up America,God made man women not harry and gary.God Bless Chick Fil a for taking a stance.

  • joe jarrett

    Chik fil a motto: “eat more chicken”

    Gay motto: ” choke my chicken”

    Lesbian motto: “eat more pussy”

  • jan

    I fully support Mr. Cathy and his family for their strong Christian morals and convictions. I love the food at Chick-fil-A and will continue to be a loyal customer. May God bless Mr. Cathy, his family, friends, employees, and business as he lives daily by his religious beliefs, freedom of worship, and freedom to express his views. Good luck Mr. Cathy.

    • Gmoney

      What about being a bigot? Does that have any part of your traditional values? Your family probably owned slaves and was proud of it.

  • kurt strecker

    Don’t be a COWard,… chicken forever… finally, a company with real values.
    I’ll be dining at Chick-fil -a, ever week from now on.

  • bill

    Religion has actually convinced people that there`s an invisible man — living in the sky — who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do..And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever `til the end of time! …But He loves you.

    • marcia

      Bill, God does love you THAT’S why He doesn’t want you to go to hell. All what you’re saying has nothing to do with the support of Mr. Cathy’s restuarant or stance on God’s plan for marriage – let’s stick to the subject shall we? Read ’23 minutes in hell’ and tell me what you think afterwards. or better yet maybe God will allow you to have a NDE (near death experience) to bring you on the right side of things.

      • Gmoney

        Sweetheart….you better fix traditional marriage because its running a 50% default (divorce) rate. Or maybe your savior Rush, who has 4 divorces, has the answer.

  • Brenard Johnson

    Tried to buy a chick-fil-a tee shirt but at $25 with shipping I decided not to. Keep up the fight for truth.

  • Mrs. Marla Roady

    I am so HAPPY SOMEONE is standing up for the “family values”….that means a Husband & Wife & their childern!We have to rally for what matters in the end!!! Wonderful Wylie, Texas— The Roady Family

    • Gmoney

      Hey Roady, I hope your roommate is Little Richard in the big house. How about teaching your family a little tolerance and love. I often wonder what GOD you people pray to. It’s certainly not Jesus!

  • Bill

    Went to our local Chick-fil-A at 11:15 this morning, well before lunch. Cars and people were lined up to enter drive through and go inside. I say they will have a record sales day. God Bless them!

  • Doug McIntyre

    Just had lunch with my wife at Chick-fil-A . Was there for an hour and a half. The lines were outside when I arrived and still outside when I came out. Made lots of pictures and videos. Also purchased 2 tea-shirts with their logo.

  • Leslie

    Wake up everybody and take a stand,I am encouraged and my faith in God has increased from Mr.Cathy taking such a stand has he has, no fear of evil endeavors. Thank you. Here is what comes to mind for me. Col3:5,6 Put to death therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

  • Gmoney

    What is traditional marriage???? One white guy and one white girl who keeps her mouth shut.
    Traditional marriage doesn’t include black, hispanic or anything that’s not white, right?

  • http://yahoo shannon robles

    AWESOME!!!! I am so rejuvinated and thrilled to see so many people who truly support Traditional Values!!! Praise God!!!!

    • Gmoney

      Traditional Values……by buying a chicken sandwich??? How about lower the 50% divorce rate or end gun violence or giving our children a better tomorrow.

    • Leslie

      You are right Praise God, he will have the final say, when it comes to God and Holiness, the Constitution and Civil Rights does not matter. If the Constitution had of mattered, then Civil Rights would not have been necessary. The Bible stands no matter what any fools in their foolishness say. Since Mr. Cathy stood for what he believes, the flip side should dust there feet an move on. Lastly the word of God changeth not, so with this who cares what a sub-culture says, they want their way at the dimise of others, not in this day. We as believers can pray that they receive a revelation and be delivered, this is powerful, yes praise God in Jesus name.

  • Joe Bowker

    Marriage is a legal contract between two consenting adults. Nothing more and nothing less. If you don’t want to marry your same sex, that is your business, why can’t people leave the business of same sex couples alone. In America, the Constitution says what one American has access to, all Americans must have access to. Never ate at Chic-Filet, never will, but it is a private business, what an idiot does with his/her business is up to them, but the list of Phoney Fascist/KKK eating there, leave little room for a real American like me.

  • Joe Bowker

    Family Values my ass. American Values where all Americans are Americans, and need to be treated with the love and respect that Americans need to have for each other. Family values, White man, in charge,..white women, quiet and well behaved, and two kids in the KKK with Assault Weapons and large capacity clips, just in case. BTW, the pig that runs Chic-Filet also buys Caged Chickens that are tortured till they stop laying eggs, then are buttchered. Is that the Family Values you Fascist Pigs, and KKK butchers are so proud off???

  • Leslie

    From what I hear he is stating a case for God who will have the final say. He has not set a judgment just his belief, don’t infringe on his beliefs, that is hater business, don’t hate on him, hate on yourself the enemy and the devil.

    • Angel

      Mr. Cathy has not preached hatred toward anyone….any of you who say he has must have a guilty conscience and know that what you are doing is wrong. He has simply stated his views about marriage between a man and a woman. I know there are many of you who do not believe in God and that’s your right but do not condemn Mr. Cathy for what he believes. He is taking his views from what he has learned from the Bible he was taught to respect. God will place judgement on those who deserve it regardless of what any of us think. Every time I go to Chick-Fil-A I am treated with respect and I challenge anyone who says they have not been treated with respect by anyone at the restaurant.

  • debbie

    OK, where to start…..first of all lets get this straight, chick-what-ever, stands to make tons of money from all you “SUPPORTERS”. Money is number one in all this. Everyone has rights here in America, NOT JUST YOU! These people have ruled our country with there bigotre, and hatred since the begining. Well a big HELLO to all of you out there who have taken over! We are also here and we will not be silenced into submission any longer! Our values matter to, only we don’t want to suppress anyone! We want to live “together”, and learn about each other, and accept that we can be different and still get along.Hatred for others has had it’s time…..come on up from the south my friends…..theres a whole new world out here! We want-NO bulling -NO hatred for others different than you -NO discrimination because of color -NO more holding others back, for your own piece of mind.If you feel the need to bond in an unhealthy way {hating others}, than I know a place you can go to hang out…..the Catholic church! People are just like you , o-wait they are closing all over….because no one supports there narrow views any longer! Chick-what-ever dude, puts his views out there, so I guess I can too…..If I looked like Mr. Chick, I’d stop eating there for a while. He looks very unhealthy, and I really think he’s quite homely too, if fact his whole demeanor bothers me….looking at him and listen to what he has to say is offending me, so I say, he needs to just worry about his own health and stop worrying about others peoples lives that have nothing to do with him…..I also think that within the next 20 years most of the bigots will be dead {from old age} and we won’t have to worry ………….to support the rights of ALL people, I will NEVER eat at a Chick-fil-a. How many of you bigots will slam me for my views? I get it, your the point that matters….THANK GOD there are more people like me out there, than you people! GOD LOVES EVERYONE, even bigots……and haters.