By now, most everyone has heard about the owner of Chik-fil-A, Dan Cathy and his recent public statements against homosexual same-sex marriage. Since that time he and his company have been under constant assault by the national media and some politicians.
To show support for the persecuted company, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has suggested that this coming Wednesday, August 1st should be Chik-fil-A Appreciation Day. Many families have undoubtedly already eaten a little extra Chik-fil-A food in the last week and a little more won’t hurt a thing. Christians consider it a pleasure to support business leaders who stand up for Christian values and with Chik-fil-A, there is the added benefit that the food is good; the best chicken sandwich that God ever made.
On the other side of the debate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared next Wednesday “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” to support a business “whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values.” Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who like Huckabee ran for president as a darling of social conservatives, joined the cause along with religious leaders.
“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,” the Rev. Billy Graham said in a statement, referring to the slogan in the company’s ads, which feature cows urging people to eat poultry.
The Rev. Roger Oldham, spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, said many Christians want to support businesses owned by fellow believers, and the loyalty intensifies “when Christians see a fellow Christian being persecuted.”
“They will come out of the woodwork when a theologically based position is being politicized by individuals for their own purposes,” he said.
The Cathy family has never hid its Southern Baptist faith. Since Dan Cathy’s father, Truett, opened the first Chick-fil-A in 1967, the restaurants have been closed on Sundays, and the company refused to reconsider during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, sacrificing profits. It also boasts that the Chick-fil-A Bowl is the only college football bowl game with an invocation.
See you at Chik-fil-A! And not just on Wednesday! When fast food is the choice, consider Chik-fil-A. Dan Cathy spoke up for Christianity and now Christians should show that they heard him.