A gay owner of a coffee shop in Seattle, Washington has thrown out a group of Christians from his establishment after he found out that they had been distributing Gospel tracts and pro-life literature in the city.
Members of the Christian group Abolish Human Abortion had reportedly decided to order drinks from Bedlam Coffee after distributing pamphlets in the city, but sometime during their break, they were confronted by owner Ben Borgman, who asked them to leave.
“I’m gay, you have to leave. This is offensive to me. I own the place. I have the right to be offended,” Borgman told the group, as reported by The Daily Caller.
A member of the group tried to explain that they had not placed any tracts in the shop, but Borgman continued to demand that they leave and showed them a pamphlet he had found.
When another member asked why he can’t tolerate their presence, the owner responded by asking them if they were willing to watch him perform a sex act.
“If I go get my boyfriend and [expletive] him in the [expletive] right here you’re going to tolerate that?” Borgman asked. “Answer my [expletive] question! No, you’re going to sit right here and [expletive] watch it! Leave all of you! Tell all your [expletive] friends don’t come here!” he continued.
When one of the Christians suggested that he can be saved by Christ from his lifestyle, Borgman replied: “I’m not going to be saved by anything. I’d [expletive] Christ in the [expletive]. OK? He’s hot.”
The confrontation was caught on video and it gained hundreds of thousands of Facebook views after the footage was posted online. The Christian group said that they do not wish any harm to come to the coffee shop owners. Caytie Davis, a group member, stated that the shop had served them good coffee, but noted that the “service sucked.”
In statements issued on Oct. 2 and Oct. 4, Bedlam coffee shop explained that Borgman’s comments were intended to be a form of “revenge,” and were meant to “shock and repulse” the audience.
Borgman also noted that the anti-abortion imagery was hidden in his shop. He said that he was baptized as a Roman Catholic and had attended a few Bible studies.
He expressed his belief that the Christians who visited his shop were working for Satan, and had been “deluded” into believing that “hate is love, that rage is peace, and that lies are truth.”