What would happen if a group of LGBT activists, who had been handing out literature on the street promoting their lifestyle, went into a café owned by a Christian, only to have the Christian owner politely refuse to serve them because of their beliefs? No matter how polite or rude the Christian owner would be, there would be a lawsuit filed against the Christian for violating the civil rights of the LGBT activists. Chances are, the courts would find the Christian guilty, order them to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, which could end up forcing the Christian to close or sell his or her business.
Basically, that’s what’s been happening to many Christian business owners ever since Barack Obama squatted in the White House. We’ve seen Christian florists, bakers, photographers and even owners of venues sued by LGBT individuals because the Christians politely refused to be part of an LGBT ceremony, even after explaining that it goes against their faith. In some of the cases, the Christian business owner recommended one or more their competitors to the LGBT couples, but that was not sufficient to the LGBT activists.
It doesn’t matter to LGBT activists if there are other more LGBT friendly businesses in the area, they intentionally target the Christian owned stores because they refuse to tolerate anyone opposing their perverted and sinful lifestyle. LGBT activists constantly demand that everyone tolerate them and their abominable lifestyle, but they turn out to be the most intolerant of others.
Such is the case of a coffee shop owner in Seattle.
A group of Christians, Abolish Human Abortion, had been on the street, handing out prolife literature and peacefully trying to witness (share their faith) with anyone who would listen. After spending time engaging the public, the group decided to take a break, grab a cup of coffee and sit down where they could relax.
They chose Bedlam Coffee for their break. The group left their literature outside, went into the coffee shop, got their coffee and went upstairs to a lounge. They were not talking to anyone else about their faith. They were peaceful and quiet.
That’s when the owner of the coffee shop, Ben Borgman, burst into the lounge, informed the Christians that he is gay and then told him they had to leave. The encounter was videoed and posted on Facebook, but I will not post the video here due to the offensive language used by Borgman, especially his prolific use of the ‘f’ word. Here is transcript of part of the interaction be Borgman and the Christians:
“So, you’re not willing to tolerate our presence?” Sutherland asked.
“Will you tolerate my presence?” the man responded. Sutherland assured him they would. “We’re actually in your coffee shop,” he said.
“Really?” the owner demanded. “If I go get my boyfriend and f*ck him in the a** right here you’re going to tolerate that?”
“That would be your choice,” Sutherland answered. But the owner would not be persuaded. “Are you going to tolerate it?” he asked again. “Answer my f***ing question! No, you’re going to sit right here and f***ing watch it!”
“Well, we don’t want to watch that,” said Caleb Head, another abolitionist.
“Well than I don’t have to f*cking tolerate this!” the man said. “Leave! All of you. Tell all your f*cking friends, don’t f*cking come here.”
The abolitionists agreed to leave, but Davis took the opportunity as they left to share the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. “Just know that Christ can save you from that lifestyle,” she said.
“Yeah, I like a**,” the owner responded. “I’m not going to be saved by anything. I’d f*ck Christ in the a**. Ok? He’s hot.”
One of the Christians tried to reason with Borgman, but all Borgman did was yell at him to shut up, shut up, refusing to let him speak. Borgman felt justified because he found the literature the Christians were passing out was offensive to him. Gee, hypocrisy in action? Whenever a Christian tells an LGBT person they are offensive to them, it’s instant lawsuit time.
He clearly demonstrated the complete intolerance of anyone else. He would not even tolerate to let them sit quietly and rest.
Even though this happened just over a week ago, there is no word of any pending legal action on the part of the Christian group against Borgman. If a Christian refusing to provide a service to be part of a same-sex ceremony because of his or her faith is a violation of civil rights and deemed to be an illegal form of discrimination, then Borgman’s actions fall into the same category, but even more so.
I know many Christians don’t believe in lawsuits, but the only way to stop people like Borgman is to make them be legally held to the same standards that they demand of others. If the current case of a Christian business man before the Supreme Court does not go well, then I would strongly advise the Christians involved in the incident to file a discrimination lawsuit against Borgman. The video alone is enough to convict him. Perhaps, that’s the only way to fight fire with fire when dealing with LGBT people.