Mike Huckabee Declares August 1 ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’

Because Mike Huckabee said so, August 1, 2012, will now be known as “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

According to the former Arkansas governor’s Facebook page, Huckabee assembled quite a crowd to visit locations across the country of the conservative Christian-leaning fast-food restaurant. On Monday, Huckabee posted on Facebook: “We are closing in on 500,000 attendees for Chick fil-A Appreciation day. Are you going?”

Chick-fil-A has been in the spotlight recently for comments its president, Dan Cathy, made against same-sex marriage. “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,” Cathy said in a recent interview. “Guilty as charged,” he said of his opposition to gay marriage.

Huckabee insisted on Tuesday that the event isn’t meant as a stand against anyone’s beliefs. Nor is it a “protest,” he said, despite the media’s claims. In fact, the only known protesters are the chickens, who Huckabee said “will give their lives in large numbers to accommodate what hopefully will be a big day at Chick-fil-A.” It’s simply a chance to have a “decent meal at a decent place,” he added.

Sarah Palin last week stopped by the restaurant to grab a bite. An aide to Rick Santorum told The Daily Caller that the former presidential candidate will visit the restaurant Wednesday with his family.

As of Wednesday morning, Huckabee was busy chatting up patrons at the Destin, Florida Chick-fil-A.

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