More than 600,000 are expected to storm Chick-fil-A's across the country for Chick-fil-A appreciation day – an event organized by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Chick-fil-A has recently come under fire for CEO Dan Cathy's comments on gay marriage. Cathy said he was “guilty as charged” when asked if he opposed gay marriage.
Cathy also told a Christian talk show “I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, "We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage, I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.”
On the Facebook event page Huckabee stated “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.”
Representatives for numerous big cities, including Boston, Chicago and San Francisco have stated they don't want Chick-fil-A's business in their cities following Cathy's comments.
Chick-fil-A has become a symbol for free speech, as politicians are claiming first amendment rights that Chick-fil-A can say and do whatever it likes in whichever location it wishes, as long as it doesn't break any hiring laws in the process.
Several politicians are backing Huckabee's event, including US senate candidate David Dewhurst. Dewhurst made sure he was photographed at a Chick-fil-A one day before Republican voters went to the polls for the primary election runoff. However, the tactic didn't work for Dewhurst as he lost to Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz.
Former half-term Alaska Gov. and vice presidental candidate Sarah Palin also weighed in on the topic telling Fox News, “I am speaking up for him, and his First Amendment rights, and anybody else who would wish to express their not anti-gay people sentiment, but their support for traditional marriage,”
Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum also showed his support by sending an email to all of his supporters, urging them to go to Chick-fil-A for Huckabee's event. “On August 1, and afterwards, I ask you to join with Gov. Mike Huckabee, other Patriot Voices supporters and other freedom-loving Americans at Chick-fil-A to show our support for their freedom to live out their religious beliefs.”
What do all of these politicians all have in common – they're all Republicans, all against same-sex marriage and all are in the news after their statements
For Huckabee and Palin, supporting this event is making people talk about him – which bodes well for the Fox News hosts. And for Dewhurst and Santorum, both are trying to up their political standings by winning elections. They are able to restate their beliefs and get in the news by doing it. The support is without a doubt a strategic move done to get people talking about them – and they are.
Here's a photo of Mike Huckabee interviewing people...