Conservatives Flock to Chick-fil-A's Defense

No word on a 'Defense of Chicken Act' ... yet
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2012 3:46 AM CDT
Conservatives Flock to Chick-fil-A's Defense
Rick Santorum has joined conservatives defending Chick-fil-A from criticism over its opposition to gay marriage.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

What will you tell your children when they ask you what you were doing during the Great Chicken Wars of 2012? Since the conservative Christian Chick-fil-A franchise has been pecked at by liberal politicians, protesters, and even the Muppets for opposing gay marriage, now conservatives lending their support to the chicken chain, reports the New York Times. In addition to Mike Huckabee, who declared Aug. 1 "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day"—187,000 RSVPs so far—now tweets and messages of support are pouring in from the likes of Rick Santorum; Rev. Roger Oldham, spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention; and even Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.

Evangelist Billy Graham has waded into the debate, too, saying he "appreciates" Chick-fil-A for not compromising its values, according to CBN News. "I want to express my support for my good friends Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, and for their strong stand for the Christian faith," wrote Graham in a statement. (It turns out the US is not the only country that gets political about its chicken...)

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