Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on Wednesday’s edition of Fox’s Your World to bask in the success of today’s national “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” he organized as a means of showing support for the fast-food chain after its president came under fire for vocally opposing same-sex marriage.
“This is a big day not for Chick-fil-A but for America and people who believe that the First Amendment applies to everybody including Christians,” Huckabee told guest host Eric Bolling. “A lot of people felt if you are a Muslim and you take the 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 [Chick-fil-A President] Dan Cathy. And it’s that that hypocrisy and inconsistency and intolerance and bigotry toward christians that a lot of people are just tired of.”
Huckabee denied that there is any contact between his grassroots-organized demonstration and Chick-fil-A. “I didn’t want to make it look as if there was some coordinating effort on their behalf. They never proposed this, they did not promote it. This was no big PR effort. If there was a spontaneous grassroots initiative that happened because people felt there was a basic sense of unfairness.”
Bolling then asked Huckabee if he has heard from Chicago Mayor Emanuel or Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who both took vocal stands against the company following Cathy’s anti-gay marriage remarks.
“No, I would love to talk to them,” Huckabee answered. “I would love to ask them what government authority gave them the right to censor commerce in their communities because they disagree with someone who worked there.”
He then went on to explain that he shops at a lot of companies that support political causes he don’t believe in, simply because “commerce” is what makes America. “The CEOs of Apple computers, Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, Amazon all support same-sex marriage,” he said, “but I still drink Starbucks and use my iPhone and Macbook. I’ll order things on Amazon and I will eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.”
“I’m not buying their politics, I’m buying their products,” he continued. “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 people to have a different one. I just expect them to treat each other with civility and a sense of respect.”
Watch the segment below, via Fox News:
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