Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain praising Chick-fil-A founder Dan Cathy for being “man enough” to admit that his company funded organizations that oppose equal rights for LGBT people.
Cathy recently told the Baptist Press that his company was “guilty as charged” of working to prevent marriage equality.
On Wednesday, thousands of opponents of same sex marriage showed their support for the Christian restaurant chain after Fox News host Mike Huckabee announced a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” in response to what he called “militant homosexuals.”
“Hip hip hooray!” Cain exclaimed to Fox News on Thursday. “I am thrilled that the American people voted with their feet and they went to Chick-fil-A to say that they will not be bullied by politicians or threats.”
“Dan Cathy told me himself last night — because I did chat with him on the phone — they had record sales yesterday,” the former GOP candidate added. “They’re going to take those record sales, which will generate record profits, and put more money into the charitable causes that they believe in. And so, it’s a win-win for Chick-fil-A.”
Cain admitted that opponents of Chick-fil-A also had a right to stage a “National Same Sex Kiss Day” on Friday, but added that “they want to dictate the actions, the behavior and the beliefs of those that don’t agree with them, and therein lies the hypocrisy.”
“Dan [Cathy] was man enough and Christian enough, when asked in an interview how does he feel about traditional marriage?” Cain continued. “This is a restaurant chain that has done business ever since its inception and they are closed on Sunday. Now, duh, if they’re closed on Sunday, it’s part of their culture. And guess what? That means that most of the people in the company probably believe in traditional marriage.”
“And so it’s ironic, that now he’s going to be attacked for a belief that he has that really should have been very obvious, which goes back and proves the fact that this is politically motivated in order to pander to the gay community.”
Watch this video from the Fox News’ Happening Now, broadcast Aug. 2, 2012.