If you thought the massive support that Chick-fil-A received in the wake of the controversy surrounding its president, Dan Cathy, and his public comments against gay marriage was a passing ship, you're wrong.
Just weeks ago, following public outcry and claims of "hate," Mike Huckabee organized "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," bringing scores of individuals out of their homes and into the restaurant to support its ideals. Now, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), an organization that supports traditional marriage, is coming out with a weekly way to support the food chain -- "Chick-fil-A Wednesdays."
The organization kicked the initiative off on Wednesday, August 15, in an effort to "help people to realize they are not alone in their support for marriage," NOM spokesperson Jonathan Baker told The Christian Post. Rather that sitting back and staying out of the gay marriage debate, the organization is hoping that people will head out to Chick-fil-A to meet like-minded individuals and to stand firm on their principles.
"The mainstream media, by repeating the talking points of same-sex marriage activists and perpetuating the falsehood that same-sex marriage is inevitable, has helped to make people feel that they are alone in their support of marriage," Baker explained. "Chick-fil-A Wednesdays is the perfect antidote in that it encourages people to stand together, to meet with like-minded individuals, and to understand that they are not alone."
In an effort to dispel the label that some gay rights activists have given to those who oppose same-sex unions, Baker made it a point to say that supporters of marriage between a man and a woman are "not hate-filled bigots."
"What we want people to do is to visit Chick-fil-A on Wednesdays as they are able, show solidarity with the Cathy family, and enjoy a great chicken sandwich," he added.
To accompany the initiative, NOM has also put together a web site -- ThankChickfilA.com -- where supporters can send letters to the restaurant and thank its owners for sticking to their beliefs. Already 20,473 letters (as of 7:30 a.m. ET) have been sent.
"As one of the millions of Americans who firmly believe that marriage is uniquely the union of one man and one woman, I know how hard it can be, despite our majority, to announce this message in a culture increasingly hostile to traditional and especially Christian values," the letter reads, in part. "That is why I am writing to you today to honor and to thank you for the heroic example that you have set by your courageous witness - throughout your company history, but most of all in recent weeks."
So, the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage -- and Chick-fil-A -- is forging on.
(H/T: Christian Post)