(KATV,Source, Family Council) On Friday, Family Council President Jerry Cox thankedformer Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's decision to spearhead a nationwideChick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which will take place all day Wednesday, August1.
"I want tothank my friend, Governor Huckabee, for using his influence to amass nationalsupport for Chick-fil-A,"Cox said. "They have been viciously attacked simplybecause their President and COO, Dan Cathy, publicly reaffirmed his company'sChristian principles. We are encouraging Arkansans to eat at the nearestChick-fil-A on
August 1stto show support for this great American company. We are also asking folks towrite a note of appreciation to Chick-fil-A at FamilyCouncil.org. Every notethat we collect will be delivered to each restaurant in Arkansas and to thecorporate office in Atlanta. These simple actions will show Chick-fil-A thatthey are appreciated.
In theend, we hope that their strong stand for Christian values will encourage otherbusinesses to do the same.
"TheFamily Council staff will be having lunch at one of the Chick-fil-A locationsin Little Rock on August 1st,"Cox said. "We are proud to support this companyand also help local business at the same time."
GovernorHuckabee issued a statement, saying, "When I heard of the vicious hate speechand economic bullying being directed toward the Cathy family and theirChick-Fil-A company, it was stunning. In the name of 'tolerance' a group wasexercising extreme intolerance and trying to censor a citizen by threateninghis business. When mayors of major cities like Boston and Chicago actually wenton the record to say they would stop a business from opening in their citybecause they didn't agree with the fact that the CEO of the company supportedBiblical marriage, it was time to take a stand. I'm thrilled that the FamilyCouncil is expressing affirmation for the rights of citizens to be free of beingbullied by illegal government threats."
Cox saidhe really does not see why Mr. Cathy's position should be treated ascontroversially as it has been. "In 2004,more than seventy-percent of Arkansasvoters affirmed the traditional definition of marriage when they passed the ArkansasMarriage Amendment. Some forty states, including Illinois, have laws andamendments to that same effect.
Mr. Cathyis not the one who is outside the mainstream on this issue. Those trying tocensor him are. All we want to do, between allowing people to write toChick-fil-A via our website and promoting Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, is givepeople a way to reiterate that support."
The Atlanta-based company's questionable contributions have been reported and the subject of a number of high-profile protests.
This year, Equality Matters published a newly-released analysis of Chick-fil-A'scharitable work that found that the fast food chain donated nearly $2 millionto anti-gay groups over the course of 2010.
Among those to reportedly receivedonations through Chick-fil-A's WinShape Foundation were the Marriage &Family Foundation ($1,188,380), Exodus International ($1,000) and the FamilyResearch Council (also $1,000).
There are now social media pages and websites about boycotting the chain.