(CNSNews.com) -- Commenting on Chick-fil-A's corporate decision to stop donating to groups that support marriage between one man and one woman, conservative leader and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said the food franchise giant made a "very big, big mistake" in thinking it could appease the left and LGBTQ activists.
Huckabee added, only partly tongue in cheek, that he would not be surprised if Colin Kaepernick became the new spokesman for Chick-fil-A and the Christian-owned company decided to open for business on Sundays.
Currently, Chick-fil-A is closed every Sunday to honor God, and on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
On Nov. 18, Chick-fil-A announced that its charitable arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, would cease donating to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army. The two groups do not discriminate against homosexuals but they do support and defend marriage as defined by the natural law and Christianity -- one man and one woman for life.
LGBTQ activists have criticized and boycotted Chick-fil-A since 2012, when the company's CEO, Dan Cathy, said the franchise operates on "biblical principles" and pleads with "God to give us wisdom." Homosexual activists particularly protested the company's donations to groups that believe in real marriage, as practiced by human beings for millennia.
Governor Huckabee was asked about Chick-fil-A's decision by Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on Nov. 19, during a segment of the radio program Washington Watch With Tony Perkins.
Perkins described Chick-fil-A's action as a "betrayal" of the many people who held the company up as a model of moral courage. "To capitulate to the bullies is betrayal," he said.
Huckabee then remarked that "all those younger people that stood in line for hours to get a chicken sandwich just to say, ‘we stand with you and we affirm your right to free speech, your right of religion, your right of association’ – they have to feel deeply disappointed with the organization that has grown [as a business]."
"They [Chick-fil-A] can’t say they did it because they finally had to cave in to the economic pressure – they’ve grown exponentially since they stood up back in 2012," said the governor.
In 2012, when the LGBT boycotts began, Chick-fil-A's annual sales were $4.6 billion. In 2018, Chick-fil-A's sales totaled $10.46 billion, up from $9 billion in 2017, making it the No. 3 restaurant in terms of sales in the United States. Also, since 2012 the chain has opened nearly 700 more restaurants.
"This is a sad day and I’m afraid that if Chick-fil-A thinks the left will leave them alone and the LGBTQ community is going to want them, all they’ve got to do is read today’s news stories," said Huckabee. "They’re already after them. They never have enough."
"Chick-fil-A, I think, has made a very big, big mistake in thinking they can appease these people, because they can’t," said Huckabee.
As noted by Perkins in a Nov. 19 commentary, pro-LGBTQ groups such as GLAAD are demanding more from Chick-fil-A. "Well, in case Chick-fil-A hasn't been paying attention, there is no appeasement," he wrote.
In a statement issued by GLAAD and quoted by Perkins, the group said, "In addition to refraining from financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, Chick-fil-A still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents."
"That's what this chicken company doesn't understand," wrote Perkins. "Stand strong, and the bullies will leave you alone. Cave, you'll be led down a path of complete surrender."
Perkins also said to Huckabee on the radio, “We know that to be the case. We’ve got a case study called the Boy Scouts of America and the path [they] went under – they’re about to file for bankruptcy."
"You’re right, I’ve read some of the stories, the quotes from groups like GLAAD and others that say, ‘Okay, well you’ve taken this step, you have to affirm your LGBTQ employees,'" said the FRC president. "I mean, before long they’re going to demand that they have gender-neutral bathrooms and, who knows, they may have to open on Sundays.”
Huckabee added, “I was saying to one of my friends today, I said, with this announcement yesterday, I’m wondering when we’re going to find out that Colin Kaepernick is going to be the new voice of Chick-fil-A and they’re opening on Sundays.”
On Aug. 15, 2012, two weeks after millions of Americans participated in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day -- to show support for the company's Christian principles -- a domestic terrorist entered the FRC with the intention of killing as many people as possible.
The terrorist, Floyd Corkins, had a gun and 50 rounds of ammunition. He also had numerous Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches, which he planned to stuff in the mouths of the people he shot as a protest-symbol against the FRC's support of real marriage.
Corkins first shot FRC employee Leo Johnson who, despite his wound, was able to then tackle Corkins and stop him. Other employees called the police.
"[T] the worst part of Chick-fil-A's decision isn't the damage it does to its own reputation -- but to others,'" said Perkins in his Nov. 19 commentary. "By backing away from two faith-based organizations in the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the third largest fast-food chain just helped legitimize the Left's labeling of these groups."
"And they've given every other company and celebrity that supports the Red Kettle campaign cover to do the same," he said. "The selfishness of that -- sacrificing two other Bible-believing groups as acceptable collateral damage -- says a lot about where Chick-fil-A is as an organization."