There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for Phil Robertson after he came under fire for expressing his religious beliefs regarding homosexuality. The newest group is asking your support by participating in “National Chick-Phil-A Day.”
The event is set to occur on January 21, “giving people time to plan to be there and to get the word out.” The invitation is a call to,” Stand For Free Speech. Sit For Good Food,” listing only two requirements needed for participation:
1. Wear your Duck Commander or camouflage gear.
2. Eat at Chick-fil-A.
So far the movement already has just over 53,000 RSVP’s indicating their intention to show up in support of the TV star.
Feel free to check out the Facebook page here.
Although the Facebook page owners have claimed they are not directly affiliated with Chick-fil-A, the reason for the location was not random.
(See also: Is Phil Robertson Suing A&E?)
The Blaze recently emailed the creators of the page and to their surprise got an answer back within an hour. It turns out that the creator of the page is Eric Odom, a local grassroots organizer, and director of interactive media for Grassfire.com.
The story was quickly shared by TMZ whom Odom has been in contact with—well at least one-sidedly. He has tried informing TMZ to make a correction after they claimed that no group was taking credit for the National Chick-Phil-A day movement, to which he hasn’t heard a reply. Although he does work with Grassfire.com, he claims that this movement was mainly personal.
He explained to The Blaze that, “He compared the Robertson controversy to what happened to Chick-fil-A’s President Dan Cathy after he commented on gay marriage in 2012.” He went on to say that, “I see them [the comments made by Robertson and Cathy] as similar, not discriminating. They are just expressing their opinions.”
Remembering the huge outpouring for the similar case, he thought it relevant to link the two in order for even greater support.
Odom was also involved with one of the first petitions backing Robertson with Grassfire.com’s BackPhil.com campaign. He claims that effort resulted in over 400,000 petitions being delivered to A&E’s offices on Monday, December 22.
Let us know what you guys think. Is there even a Chick-fil-A around you, and if so does this sound like something you would attend?