Gay Coffee Shop Owner Throws Out Christian Group For 'Offensive' Graphic Flier

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A gay coffee shop owner ejected a pro-life Christian activist group from his Seattle store, this weekend.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, the shop owner can be heard telling members of

the group that he was offended by their graphic anti-abortion flier. (Click with caution.) 

According to reports, the group had been distributing pro-life fliers to people in the surrounding neighborhood. 

Later when the group stopped into Bedlam Coffee for a drink, the shop owner, identified in reports as Ben Borgman, told them that he found their materials offensive, and therefore, the group was not welcome in his business.

Caytie Davis, one of the people in the Christian group, claimed that the group had not been distributing the fliers inside the store.

“We had nothing on us, we weren’t distributing anything.

“We bought coffee and went upstairs.”

Shortly thereafter, the shop owner reportedly approached the group with a copy of their flier and said:

"I’m gay, and you have to leave."

When a member of the group asked, "Are you denying us service?"

The owner reportedly said, "yes."

A member of the group asked:

"So you’re not willing to tolerate our presence?"

The shop owner replied:

"Will you tolerate my presence?"

He continued:

"If I go and get my boyfriend and fuck him in the ass right here, you’re going to tolerate that?"

Shortly thereafter, the group left. 

H/T: Gay Star News

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Wow! Just Wow!  He had a right to be upset,  but  the way he handled it was harsh!!!  If people believe this is how we all think it would give the whole community a bad name and strengthen their position towards LGBT people.    He should have said...   as a gay man I am offended by your propaganda and as the owner of this establishment it is NOT OKAY for you to solicit your HATEFUL messages on MY PREMISES; however, (with a lot of attitude and a bit of shade) I will make a special cup of coffee just for you, with the same respect and compassion you extend to the people in your flyers.   I shall return with you coffee momentarily, after my partner and I whip up some fresh cream!!!   

I'm sure they would have left voluntarily after that statement.  LOL   
confrontation avoided. 

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I understnd his feeling, but the right will use this video to their advantage. The  fucking Jesus up the ass part will be the new hot video making the right-wing rounds. They will use this to show how persecuted christians are and how mean the left is to them. 

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Chris Brooks of the ACLU who said that the owner of a business has every right to refuse service on any grounds whatsoever. Since Christians have the right to refuse service to a game and if they own the business the same applies two throwing straight people out I'm gay establishments according to the ACLU it's not discrimination. It is barely a reflection of the sign that says we reserve the right to refuse service to anybody

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"We profane marriage through divorce, homosexuality and adultery, and our children suffer the consequences". This was on the flyer and this is why the coffee shop owner kicked them out. They publicly attacked gays. That makes them unsafe hence the owner applied the right to not serve and kicked them out which is legal. Makes perfect sense when you get all the facts. The owner was right on in his assessment and actions. 

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Sorry but what he did was wrong ... he found a flyer outside and this group were doing nothing more than having a coffee in his cafe and he demanded they leave because he was offended ... is this not the same as a baker refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding because it offends them ... this is showing gays in a bad light and that we are not tolerant of others beliefs or opinions. 

I have read the report from their perspective and they have said they want nothing to happen to him or his business ... that is tolerance ... the cafe owner needs to take a long hard look at himself and I hope he never gets denied service because of his beliefs because then he cannot complain.

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You're right and no two situations are the same. In the bakery, the owner was offended by the core being of who a personal was ... yet our government is still trying to give them religious exemption for that because it's their "belief". Protecting belief over a reality is how I would define institutional discrimination. 

In this situation, a store owner was acting on merely offended by a belief. Which is coincidentally exactly what the bakers claim to be doing. So, from their rules, it's exactly the same. 

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Given the current legal atmosphere, I don't think it's farfetched to say that possibly our best shot at advancing equal rights is to start denying rights to Christians based on our sincerely held beliefs in order to generate law suits from the right to defend equal rights. Confront them with their own argument in order to get them to shoot it down themselves.

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Two wrongs don’t make a right. I get the double standard that is occurring here, they don’t want gays around but are indifferent to getting things from gays as long as it serves them; however if a gay was to walk into a Christian store, well.  That being said, are we not the same if we behave the same. 

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This might be stretching it a bit, but the business owner probably has the right to refuse service to anyone (anti-abortionists) whom they believe will cause harm to other patrons (impressionable minds). The business has an obligation to protect their patrons in the establishment.

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Bad for us

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good for the owner  i know i wood not like to see a  pic pamphlet featuring a picture of an aborted child

i wood  not  put up with that shit  i dont  belive  an aborted child

and good for u being gay

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