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Nearly 550,000 Have RSVP'ed to Mike Huckabee's Hateful 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day', Set for Tomorrow

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Approximately 550,000 people have signed up to eat Chick-fil-A tomorrow following a call to action from Mike Huckabee to show their support for Dan Cathy and his company's donations to anti-gay causes.

The Christian Civic League of Maine is actually bussing bigots to Massachusetts to eat there because there are no Chick-fil-A restaurants in Maine:

“We are calling on folks that agree with Mr. Cathy to make their way to Chick-fil-A to show their support for him,” Christian Civic League executive director Carroll Conley said in an interview Tuesday, referring to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy.

CathyMeanwhile, a report released today valued Cathy's chicken empire at $4.5 billion, Bloomberg reports:

The two sons of Samuel Truett Cathy, the chicken sandwich empire’s founder -- Dan Cathy, 59, and Donald Cathy, who is known as Bubba -- have joined the ranks of the world’s richest, according to a report published today by PrivCo, a New York- based research firm that specializes in private companies’ financial data.

The report values Chick-fil-A at $4.5 billion. Dan Cathy, the company’s president, and Don Cathy, its executive vice president, each own a third of the restaurant chain, according to a person familiar with the company who asked not to be named because it is closely held. Neither has appeared on an international wealth list.

“The sons have been involved in running the company for many years,” said Kenneth L. Bernhardt, a professor at Georgia State University’s business school and a longtime consultant for Chick-fil-A, in a phone interview today.

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  1. these bigots are losing a ton of money....I guss that's what the Lord wants.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 31, 2012 8:18:55 PM


  2. I've heard whispers and rumors of many people planning to attend the event in order to protest in some way or another, so I wonder how much this number is impacted by that. It seems like an awfully big number that probably isn't likely to materialize. Let's watch closely.

    Posted by: Tim Stewart | Jul 31, 2012 8:22:38 PM


  3. Are they really losing any money? If people are being bussed in, they are gaining customers. And when you read through comments here and other places, a lot of the anti-CFA boycotters don't even live near one so they aren't losing those people as customers.

    I grew up in the South. Every time some business got called out for discriminating against gays, people flocked the that business and they made more money.

    I hope that's not what ends up happening here. A lot of CFAs are in the South so I can imagine more people will eat there more often just to stick it to the gays.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 31, 2012 8:25:15 PM


  4. In my opinion it was not smart to blow this up. Dumbass fundy has a right to shoot his ignorant cracker mouth off. It's a free country with free speech. And that's a good thing for the gays, too. What he wouldn't have a right to do, in the more forward looking states, is discriminate in public accommodation or employment. But I haven't heard accusations of that.

    Throwing a tantrum because Dan Cathy doesn't really really like us won't change a single heart or mind over to our side. It's not useful outreach. Even a kiss-in is more useful. And this only gives our enemies a symbol to rally around.

    Posted by: Hank | Jul 31, 2012 8:44:02 PM


  5. So "Hank" would you say the same if he made that statement regarding interracial marriage?

    Of course you wouldn't.

    So explain to us in a logical manner why homophobia is more acceptable than racism?

    Posted by: lazerlightbeam | Jul 31, 2012 8:50:27 PM


  6. @ Hank

    Nice try, but F for effort. You're just trying to get our community to be complacent. This company donated MILLIONS to organizations that compare us to pedophiles, that work to destroy gays overseas...yes, destroy them. That work to mentally beat young gays down to "pray the gay away"...do you realize how damaging the organizations this company donates to are? Either you do, and your internalized homophobia is showing, or you're completely ignorant on the topic.

    Posted by: Kevin Mendoza | Jul 31, 2012 8:52:29 PM


  7. Hank,

    Not only did you miss the entire point, but I'm curious if you are even clued in as to what is happening. Chik Fil A is responsible for funding groups that have one mission: eliminate gays and our freedoms. These groups have outlined how they wish to see being who we are be criminalized. Chik Fil A has a proven history of funding them.

    You clearly don't know enough LGBT, to respect them. If you did respect them, you wouldn't dare insult them by telling them to "deal with" taking a seat on the back of the bus, while saying "Yes Ma'me" and ignoring issues that highly affect our livelihood. YOU need to get out more often.

    Posted by: Lipstick Diva Gal | Jul 31, 2012 8:55:11 PM


  8. Hank-
    No, we don't need to be silenced, and put up and shut up in the face of bigots. We did that for centuries. We even denied who we are so much that our gay brothers and sisters before us miserably married into opposite sex marriages, and took their shame to their graves....if they weren't KILLED first.
    We endured, and remained silent, and took enough bullets. We as a community are galvanized today and fight opression because of the hardship of our LGBT history and adverse past. We owe it to ourselves to stand up for our rights, freedoms and convictions, we owe it to the people who fought before us, and more importantly; we owe it to the next generation of LGBT to demand a society that tolerates and respects their existence more so than what we see today. You don't have to like it, but don't for one second believe today's LGBT will be the spineless noodle you wish for us to be.

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Jul 31, 2012 8:59:04 PM


  9. I don't think pointing out corporate-sponsored bigotry is "throwing a tantrum". Also, to my knowledge, there has not been an official call for boycott of the chain. To try and put this into monetary terms just cheapens what is a matter of conscience. I don't care if millions of haters eat there, I have no plans to do so while this policy exists. Also, doesn't this actually put the individual owners (who claim not to support anti-gay views) in an awkward position?

    Posted by: Hector | Jul 31, 2012 8:59:23 PM


  10. Oh, no doubt there will be a spike in sales tomorrow at Hate-Fil-A's all over the place, and they'll be glad to videotape the lines of 'supporters'. Won't change anything as far as I'm concerned - I have at least one in my area and I'm *not* spending my gay dollars there.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Jul 31, 2012 9:01:05 PM


  11. Oh, I'm so SICK of that BULL sh*t argument that "this isn't that important. there's bigger issues in the courtroom"....BULL!

    We hear that same argument from the gay apologist crowd on every issue and related story "this isn't a big deal. let's move on bigger fish to fry"....No! every case of homophobia can and should be tackled, especially one as monumental as this one. The idea that the only cases worth battling are ones with a lawyer next to a politician is misguided and completely devoid of societal combat of homophobia. It doesn't say much for a community when they aren't willing to tackle and combat homophobia, challenge it and work for change- unless it occurs in a courtroom. I'm glad MOST of our community is not going down without a fight in this circumstance, nor should we.

    Integrity, self respect and standing up for what you believe in is a beautiful thing.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Jul 31, 2012 9:02:30 PM


  12. Isn't it fascinating:

    When African Americans picketed counter stands that denied them of their rights, that is seen as a heroic, ground breaking, courageous move.

    Gays boycott a company that spends millions denying our basic rights, partnering with an organization that believes homosexuality is a crime....and WE'RE told to deal with it, and stop exercising our freedom of speech.

    If you want to see the true capacity of homophobia in our society, look at the double standard mistreatment of our GLBT.

    Posted by: Dynex | Jul 31, 2012 9:05:13 PM


  13. After reading this I wonder if gays will ever come together as a strong and supportive community to fight against ignorance and bigotry.

    I live in LA and at least here, gays are mostly fixated with WeHo clubs, grindr hookups and pool parties. No wonder why we are still dealing with this issues on the 21rst Century

    Posted by: Felix | Jul 31, 2012 9:06:39 PM


  14. "Hank"

    So..let's get this clear. You want to spend millions actively working in every state to deny us 1,200 government rights. You want to belittle our existence with the people you associate with. You want to publically call out gay people and single them out in a negative way. You want to strip us of our right....and then (the kicker)...you dictate gays accept it and kick rocks.

    ...You must be kidding. No really, now. I know you had your tongue firmly planted in your cheek, otherwise, know that the blood of every gay child that killed themselves is on your hands. Because your indifferent (almost apologetic) personality toward homophobia is what fuels homophobia.

    Posted by: IndieMovieFanatic | Jul 31, 2012 9:08:27 PM


  15. "Hank"

    So..let's get this clear. You want to spend millions actively working in every state to deny us 1,200 government rights. You want to belittle our existence with the people you associate with. You want to publically call out gay people and single them out in a negative way. You want to strip us of our right....and then (the kicker)...you dictate gays accept it and kick rocks.

    ...You must be kidding. No really, now. I know you had your tongue firmly planted in your cheek, otherwise, know that the blood of every gay child that killed themselves is on your hands. Because your indifferent (almost apologetic) personality toward homophobia is what fuels homophobia.

    Posted by: IndieMovieFanatic | Jul 31, 2012 9:08:34 PM


  16. I'm always amazed at how often gay people are told to accept the fact that homophobes exist and just move on. I always know someone who says that has NOT opened up a history book in their lives. Has not been well informed on the movements like the Chicao movement, women's liberation, civil rights movement, Black panthers and the many other demographics who didn't sit by idle waiting and wishful hoping for change to happen. They DID get vocal. They DID march. They DID protest. They DID get loud. And they ALL did see effective change. What I see happening here is a resentment that gay people have a voice and are daring to use it. How dare them?! The entitled heterosexual went for so long without so much a 'peep' while kicking us, and now we're actually picking ourselves up from our boot straps and they are not used to it. Hence the anger, and calculating attempts to get us to be silent.

    Posted by: Kyle A. | Jul 31, 2012 9:13:05 PM


  17. Felix-
    Your ignorance is showing. I live here in L.A too, a city rich in actively being involved in LGBT issues and causes with upwards to 800 LGBT related organizations and programs in this area alone. They work with homeless LGBT, they help LGBT suicide prevention, they create LGBT homeless shelters, they create street campaigns to get petitions for our rights, they work hand in hand with elected officials in meetings ...and by they, I mean thousands upon THOUSANDS of gays.

    Have you taken the time to meet those gays? Absolutely NOT. Absolutely you haven't. If you HAD, you'd be focusing in on THOSE amazingly gifted, compassionate and active LGBT to which there are *many* in this city, instead of focusing on your narrow preception of the ones you WANT to see.

    You are part of that homophobia, and projecting it, and please don't for one second convince yourself otherwise.

    Posted by: Los Angelino | Jul 31, 2012 9:17:42 PM


  18. It's really a stupid thing to do... not only is Maine the most gay marriage positive state in the union according to polling (55%+ strongly approve), but carting a bunch of old people to Chik-Fil-A stores for a sandwich is likely to not only displease overwhelmed restaurants, but displease the customers - with the only upside being a one day sales boost. In the big picture, the chain has taken a MASSIVE PR hit, with customer opinion of the chain severely tanking. Nothing is going to make up for the day-to-day loss with that PR bleed. And frankly, I'm thrilled: if there is on thing Americans cannot tolerate is bigotry.

    Posted by: Tarc | Jul 31, 2012 9:18:26 PM


  19. Felix,

    You're no different than a black person who would make a blanket statement against blacks in one city using crime statistics as their backup. A healthy minded black person would (rightfully) call them out and say: why you focusing on the negative? There's plenty of positive examples and individuals within the gay community in every single city. If there weren't, are movement would not have advanced and been so forthcoming as it has been in the past 10 years-more so than any other social movement in modern time in gaining steem. Think before you speak, and think if your commentary is perpetuating more prejudice.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Jul 31, 2012 9:20:20 PM


  20. Wait...

    WHY do gays have to put up with Chik Fil A's anti gay statements and actions? Because we've always been told all our lives we're 'lesser than' and we need to become prone to accepting that?
    I certainly won't. The many gay people I know and surround myself know they shouldn't have to be treated differently and 'lesser than' for who we inherently love. We'll stand up to that point. That's part of being an American, and moreover, the RIGHT thing to do.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Jul 31, 2012 9:22:20 PM


  21. Wait...

    WHY do gays have to put up with Chik Fil A's anti gay statements and actions? Because we've always been told all our lives we're 'lesser than' and we need to become prone to accepting that?
    I certainly won't. The many gay people I know and surround myself know they shouldn't have to be treated differently and 'lesser than' for who we inherently love. We'll stand up to that point. That's part of being an American, and moreover, the RIGHT thing to do.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Jul 31, 2012 9:22:54 PM


  22. LET'S CALL IT__________ "NATIONAL CHOKE ON YOUR CHICKEN DAY"_____

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 31, 2012 9:29:49 PM


  23. Who cares if the anti-Chick-fil-A boycott changes anything for the better? What matters is that it provides a great opportunity to remain in the 24/7 state of hate for the gay Left -- the Two Minute Hate is so late century. George W. Bush is gone, Sarah Palin is not running for anything, Mitt Romney is so boring that it's really hard to reach the ecstasy of unadulterated hate while hating on him. That's where Chick-fil-A comes into play. A new solid supply of hate until something more substantial arrives. Answer me. How would you go through the day if there was nobody to hate?

    Posted by: AG | Jul 31, 2012 9:31:02 PM


  24. Have we not learned anything from history? ACT UP---remember? We were a lot smaller then and we fought. Let's keep fighting. I hope all those born-agains choke on that terrible food.

    Posted by: LAXJFK | Jul 31, 2012 9:31:07 PM


  25. Chik Fil A didn't just voice an opinion, they created a machine, an evil freedom fighting machine that worked with many other machines that all had one common goal- to target us, our lives, and our relationships. There is a vast difference. That needs to be acknowledged, then fought against.

    And just as they voiced their opinion, we as a people have every single right to voice our rebuttal. THAT'S how change is made. Engaging, challening, and going after what you want, even if it's uncomfortable, it will be uncomfortable, and awkward and not enjoyable, but it was for every group who fought for THEIR shot at full equality before us. They managed to attain it, by doing the uncomfortable.

    Posted by: 2EastCoastDudes | Jul 31, 2012 9:31:57 PM


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