KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More players (and puppets) are joining the controversy involving Chick-fil-A and The Muppets, and as they do, the division grows wider.
According to E-Online,The Muppets have told Chick-fil-A to “cluck off” because of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s stance on same-sex marriage. Kermit and company apparently announced they’d boycott the restaurant chain after Cathy told the Baptist Press that he does not support marriage equality because of his biblical values. However, GetReligion.org reports Cathy never actually said what he is accused of saying… and which prompted the growing boycott.
“We are very much committed to that,” GetReligion.org reports Cathy said. “We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
“Guilty as charged,” is the statement Cathy made when asked about his company’s support of the traditional family unit. Many weren’t surprised. The company is closed on Sundays because of beliefs that Sunday is a day of rest.
Chick-fil-A had partnered with the Jim Henson Company to put five small puppet toys in Chick-fil-A children’s meals.
Now many are chiming in on facebook and twitter, and in editorials across the nation.
Well done the Muppets. It's a strange day when a talking pig could be considered more enlightened than many religions. http://t.co/2vXkcvr5
— Susan Calman (@SusanCalman) July 24, 2012
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP presidential candidate, and now a talk show host, joined the controversy, calling for people to turn out to Chick-fil-A restaurants on August 1 to show their support for Cathy and his opinion on marriage.
On the other side, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant there. That move brought criticism in an editorial Tuesday in The Los Angeles Times. Click here to read the LA Times editorial on the boycott.