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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chick-fil-A Day: Mike Huckabee Cooks Up More Deep-Fried Chicken Controversy

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

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The Chick-fil-A controversy simmers on. After cities across the nation, including San Francisco, denounced Chick-fil-A and its anti-gay marriage stance, GOP stalwart Mike Huckabee has decided everyone should swarm Chick-fil-A today and stuff themselves silly with fried chicken and waffle fries to support the gay-unfriendly restaurant.

After mayors in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco said they had a bone to pick with Chick-fil-A, Huckabee accused them of being "puppet[s]" who "have a problem with free speech." So today, Huckabee decided everyone should "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," he said on the Appreciation Day's Facebook page.

But not even Chick-fil-A is on board with this plan. The company's vice president of Marketing, Steve Robinson, assured customers that the company had nothing to do with Huckabee's chicken campaign.

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by Chick-fil-A. We appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time.

The deep-fried chicken contention began when the company's CEO, Dan Cathy, admitted his fast-food chain operated on biblical values and openly opposed same-sex marriage.

To put this in perspective, Chick-fil-A made approximately $4.1 billion last year, most of which came from hungry carnivores below the Mason-Dixon line. In the six states (and the District of Columbia) where gay marriage is currently legal, 14 of these chicken-frying companies are still happily serving customers. The nearest Chick-fil-A is 40 miles from San Francisco.

Huckabee's plan has support from Rick Santorum and  Sarah Palin as well as other tea party leaders.

But if you must indulge yourself in this fried feeding frenzy, hopefully, the heartburn is worth the 40-mile trek to Fairfield.

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