Assuming you’ve not been on a remote island the past month you know about the controversy with Chick-fil-A’s company owner and his statements of belief. City mayors have decided to take matters into their own hands and refuse these restaurants based solely on the owner’s free speech. In response former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee organized a ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.’ But would people show up? Would anyone stand in line just for a chicken sandwich today? How strong would be the conviction of people in showing their support? We wondered how crazy it would be at our local restaurant. After all, we are not in the East and most people don’t consider Arizona to be in the South. So, would there be a crowd? In a word. Yes.
Son and I decided to see how busy it really was. We had a good idea as soon as we got on the main street. Then we saw the helicopter circling the area. The traffic was all headed the same direction. Thinking we were clever, we zipped around the back way only to discover the police were directing traffic. Our little Chick-fil-A was barely visible for the traffic.
Truthfully, it was a surprise. It’s over 100F here in the Valley of the Sun today. And it’s humid. Nobody stands outside. Well, except today. The line wound around the building and through the parking lot. It was a mixed age of people and there was a definite party attitude.
If you didn’t make it out today Chick-fil-A here are a few pictures from Twitter friends around the country. You don’t have to go right now. They’ll still be there this week. Oh, but not on Sunday.
A short P.S. I am now enthused about this signal being sent from the ‘silent majority’. I don’t think they’re going to be silent any longer. I also think these people who are willing to brave the heat will also be willing to stand in line for the November election. It’s time to get excited!