ATLANTA, July 26, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – As Chick-fil-A experiences the full frontal assault of the homosexual movement’s efforts to squash those who publicly uphold and defend traditional views of marriage and sexuality, a number of high profile leaders have risen to the fast-food chain’s defense, offering a helping hand of support and encouragement.

“I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick-fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld,” wrote Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate, on a Facebook page created to support Chick-fil-A.

“Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity,” he wrote, “but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant.”

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day invites pro-traditional-marriage fans to support the fast food chain by “simply showing up and eating at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.”

“No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse.”

The sign-up has already surpassed 209,000 people, with 23,000 “maybes” and another 1.6 million invited.

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On Tuesday, the Facebook sign-up page mysteriously disappeared, leaving Huckabee and others wondering what had happened. The page just as mysteriously reappeared 12 hours later.

“Well, it seems we caught a 12 hour bug, apparently it hits when large numbers of Christians support something and post about it on Facebook! Have you heard about this bug?” wrote Huckabee.

Facebook told Huckabee that the page deletion was a “mistake.”

“Clearly we think it was a mistake too,” he wrote, “but aren’t so convinced it was an accident.”

The event has garnered support from high profile leaders in the pro-life and pro-family movement across the country.

Rick Santorum posted on his Facebook page: “Help us fight to for traditional families and eat chicken at the same time.”

“It is sad that liberal groups call for tolerance yet they are vicious in their intolerance when someone disagrees with them,” he wrote. “And that’s why I am joining Mike in his effort to fight for traditional values.”

The event is also being promoted by Texas State Senator Dan Patrick, Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink, Rev. Billy Graham, International Christian Concern, and the Family Research Council.

Homosexual activists are responding to the event by promoting a “National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A.”

“Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week you’ll have noticed that Chick-fil-A has officially come out against the LGBTQ community,” the organizers of the event, Carly McGehee and Michael GetEqual Diviesti, wrote on their Facebook page about the event which is to be staged on August 3.

The homosexual kiss- in has attracted 6,000 attendees.

Media critics have pointed out that the homosexual attack against the fast food chain was masterminded by mainstream, left-leaning media who misrepresented original statements from Chick-fil-A’s president Dan Cathy when he told a reporter that he was “guilty as charged” when it comes to his company’s support for traditional marriage.

That statement, reports GetReligion.org, was twisted by mainstream media and reinterpreted to mean that Chick-fil-A was anti-gay.

Cathy’s original statements mention nothing about gay “marriage.”

All Cathy said was: “Guilty as charged” regarding his company’s support for the traditional family.

“We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” said Cathy.

“This raises an interesting journalistic question,” wrote Terry Mattingly from GetReligion.org. “Is a defense of one doctrine automatically the same thing as an on-the-record attack on the opposite doctrine? In this case, is it accurate for CNN (and others) to say that Cathy made comments about gay marriage when, in fact, he did not speak words addressing that issue?”

The author of the original interview with Cathy, K. Allan Blume, has since pointed out that the original interview was “very positive,” and that subsequent news reports “turned [the original story] into a negative.”

The term “anti-gay” never came up in the original interview, he pointed out.