Mike Huckabee on 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day': Massive Turnout Proves People Are Tired of Hypocrisy, Bigotry Toward Christians
After crowds of people gathered at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country, Fmr. Governor Mike Huckabee - a strong supporter of the movement - reacted to the turnouts on today's Your World. He said that the response of the American public proves that people are 'tired' of hypocrisy toward Christians.
"We've had over 21 million views on my Facebook page, but this is something not just for Chick-fil-A but for America, and for people who believe the First Amendment applies to everyone, including Christians," he said.
"I think a lot of people
felt that if you're a Muslim and you take a position against same-sex marriage, Rahm Emanuel will put his arm around you in a public ceremony like he did to Louis Farrakhan the very day he was condemning Dan Cathy, and it's that hypocrisy and inconsistency and intolerance and bigotry toward Christians that I think people are just tired of."
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Filling in for Neil Cavuto, host Eric Bolling asked if Huckabee had spoken to Chick-fil-A exec Cathy since the ruckus began.
"No, I purposefully had no contact with the company personally ... I didn't want to make it look like it was some coordinated effort on their behalf," Huckabee said. "They didn't propose this ... there was no big PR effort ... if there ever was a spontaneous, grassroots initiative that happened because people felt there was a basic sense of unfairness, this was that moment in the country."
Huckabee didn't mince words, however, when it came to discussing the mayors of Chicago and Boston, who have been outspoken in their distaste for the movement.
"I'd love to talk to them; I'd love to ask what government authority gave them the right to censor commerce in their communities because they disagreed with someone who worked there. The CEOs of Apple Computers, Starbucks, Ben and Jerry's, Amazon all support same sex marriage, have given generously to it, but I still drink Starbucks; I use my iPhone and MacBook; I'll order things on Amazon, and I'll eat Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I'm not buying their politics; I'm buying their products, and I think people need to quit being so ridiculously fearful that somebody might have a point of view that's different than mine. I expect them to have a different one; I just expect them to treat each other with civility and a sense of respect."
While Huckabee said that the vile hate speech is what got him involved in the issue in the first place, he's not putting much merit into comments directed at him.
"There have been people wishing me dead on my Facebook page, but after 20 years in politics I've said it's gonna take a heck of a lot more than that to make me upset ... I'm gonna have to take half of a baby aspirin tonight to sleep through that," he joked.