Pro-life Group Forced to Leave Seattle Coffeeshop by Gay Owner
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2017 Oct 10
A pro-life Christian group was told they had to leave a Seattle coffeeshop by the business’s gay owner.
The Washington Times reports that members of the pro-life group Abolish Human Abortion came into Seattle’s Bedlam Coffee to order drinks following their time distributing pro-life pamphlets around the community.
Once Bedlam’s owner found out that a pro-life Christian group had entered his business, he told them to leave.
“I’m gay. You have to leave,” Ben Borgman says in the video of the encounter, posted to Facebook by Abolish Human Abortion.
When one of the members of the pro-life group asks, “Are you denying us service?” Borgman responds, “I am. Yeah.”
From there the exchange becomes heated with Borgman talking about his gay lifestyle in explicit terms and yelling at the Christian activists using language interspersed with cursing.
Many who watched the video called out the hypocrisy in our society today between those who approve of this gay coffeeshop owner having the right to kick this pro-life group out of his business and many of the same people who accuse Christian business owners such as bakery owner Jack Phillips of discriminating against gay people when he refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
Borgman issued a statement following the incident, alleging that members of the pro-life group had intentionally placed graphic anti-abortion materials in his shop. He also stated, “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.”
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Publication date: October 10, 2017