Mike Huckabee Calls for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Aug. 1 in Support of Free Speech, Traditional Marriage

Mike Huckabee
(August 1, 2012) Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is calling for all Christians and anyone who supports free speech to acknowledge Aug. 1 as "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" by eating at the restaurant. Huckabee made the call after mayors in Chicago and Boston indicated new Chick-fil-A food food chains were not welcome in their cities because of the Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's public support of traditional marriage. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” said Cathy. In support of Cathy and the Chick-fil-A brand, Huckabee posted the following on his website: 

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. 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. 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.

There's no need for anyone to be angry or engage in a verbal battle. Simply affirm appreciation for a company run by Christian principles by showing up on Wednesday, August 1 or by participating online – tweeting your support or sending a message on Facebook.

Above is a post on Mike Huckabee's Facebook  Page
Chick-fil-A is a $4 billion a year privately held enterprise with over 1600 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C.  Founded in 1946 by Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A has a long reputation as a Christian company, closing its stores on Sundays so that its employees can spend time with family and worship. 
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