Christians booted out of gay-owned Seattle coffee shop
Ben Borgman, inset above, was so incensed that a Christian group had placed a ‘gross’ anti-abortion poster in his Bedlam Coffee shop in Seattle that he threw them off the premises.
Borgman, according to this report, was furious that the poster, through the use of rainbow colours, “insinuated” that gays were responsible for abortion.
Borgman was filmed on October 1 losing his cool when members of Abolish Human Abortion decided to order drinks in his shop after posting and distributing “pro-life” pamphlets in the local community.
The video was then posted on the group’s Facebook page and went viral. AHA yesterday posted this message:
We’re glad that this incident is getting exposure, but it’s kind of sad that conservatives are more upset that Christians would be kicked out of a coffee shop for being Christians than they are with the fact that moms and dads are murdering their babies every minute of every day.
Borgman is shown in the video telling the anti-abortionists, including Caleb Head and Caytie Davis, to get out, saying “I’m gay. You have to leave.”
“Are you denying us service?” Mr. Davis asked.
“I am. Yeah,” Borgman replied.
The confrontation about tolerance then escalated when activist Jonathan Sutherland was asked if he would watch a sex act. Borgman said:
If I go get my boyfriend and fuck him in the ass right here you’re going to tolerate that?
“That would be your choice,” Sutherland replied.
Are you going to tolerate it? Answer my fucking question! No, you’re going to sit right here and fucking watch it! … Well then I don’t have to fucking tolerate this! Leave! All of you. Tell all your fucking friends, don’t fucking come here.
When the activists told Borman to turn to Jesus, he responded:
Yeah, I like ass. I’m not going to be saved by anything. I’d fuck Christ in the ass. OK? He’s hot.
According to this report, as the Christians begin collecting their belongings to leave, one of the women in the group addresses the owner directly and tells him:
Just know that Christ can save you from that lifestyle.
The Bedlam Coffee Shop issued responses on October 2 and October 4 asking viewers to consider another side of the story. Borgman said:
In the end, it’s all about context … In context it was a response, a response to being shocked and repulsed. A revenge you could even call it, a weakness demonstrated in the typical, they hurt me, I will hurt them fashion.
The 52-year-old owner, who claimed that the anti-abortion poster had been hidden within his shop, said that his full exchange with the activists included one of the activists denying that graphic anti-abortion materials were their own.
They were ready with that camera. I was baptised Catholic, Roman Catholic actually, I’ve been to a few Bible studies, read the entire book, more than once. To my understanding, and to speak in the religious vernacular; these people are working for Satan. The great trickster has deluded them into believing that hate is love, that rage is peace, and that lies are truth.
The God I knew, the Jesus I was taught about would absolutely never ever print a poster with a hideous dead baby representation at what was clearly meant to insinuate at the hands of gays … suffice to the say the poster was gross, and the text on the back? Holy cow, whoever wrote that is in a lot of pain. I spoke to them in their own language.
The row has resulted in Bedlam Coffee getting some terrible review on its Facebook page.
And homophobic messages are piling up on his personal Facebook page.