Just days after the whole Chick-fil-A controversy started with the company’s president confirming he backed anti-gay groups, conservative politician Mike Huckabee decided to show support for the Southern fried chicken company by naming Aug. 1 “Chick-fil-A Celebration Day.”
The plan: “Let's 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 on Wednesday, August 1,” Huckabee wrote in a Facebook event page he created.
Lake Worth resident and devout Christian Robbe White, however, thinks Huckabee, and for that matter everyone involved in the debate, is missing the bigger picture.
“I have been embarrassed by the lack of care that other Christians have shown. Many Christians have rallied around Chick-fil-A and claim that supporting the company will honor God. While I do not boycott the chain and I am not against anyone's right to believe what they want, I strongly feel that God is not being honored in all of this debate.
“Let's set aside our beliefs, if only for one day,” he writes.
So here’s his alternative plan: Gay, straight, conservative, or liberal, join him for dinner to celebrate our diversity and support local businesses.
“The cafe is owned by a gay couple and everyone is truly welcome there. I invite anyone in the South Florida area to join me there or at a local business in your own community on August 1st to celebrate COMMUNITY & DIVERSITY!” White writes.
Let White know you’re going by confirming your attendance on the event’s Facebook page.
What: Celebrate Community & Diversity Day Aug. 1st
When: Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. until Thursday at 12:00 a.m.
Where: 3800 A. South Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
Following this event, there will be a Pajama Party also in support of diversity and LGBT businesses. For more info, check out the event's Facebook page.