After it was revealed that the Cathy family – which owns the fast food chain – has given as much as $3 million in donations to anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council, both the cities of Chicago and Boston have publicly said Chick-fil-A is not welcome within their city limits. Also, the Jim Henson Company has pulled its Muppet toys from Chick-fil-A kid’s meals.
But leave it up to Republican John Huckabee to rush to the defense of the bigoted restaurant. He’s declared next Wednesday “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” for standing by “godly values” – which to Huckabee and other dinosaurs on the Right mean denying civil rights to millions of Americans. There are certainly legal issues that could be raised should either Boston or Chicago formally reject permits for Chick-fil-A.
But that hasn’t happened. What has happened is that hate and bigotry has been called out – and that’s a good story.