A group of Christians witnessing to the truth about abortion were kicked out of a Washington state coffee shop Oct. 1 after the owner said he was offended by their message.
A video of the Seattle coffee shop owner berating advocates with Abolish Human Abortion has more than half a million views on Facebook (Warning: Graphic language). It serves as strong evidence of the intolerance and hostility that pro-life advocates face in today’s society.
The shop owner, Ben Borgman, who is gay, insisted that the Christian group had to leave his shop on Oct. 1, Christian Daily reports. Borgman claimed the group had brought graphic materials into his shop, but Abolish Human Abortion advocates said they did not.
The confrontation quickly deteriorated into a profanity-laced tirade with Borgman suggesting that he perform a sex act in front of the group.
“I’m gay. You have to leave,” Borgman told the group. Later, he continued: “Are you going to tolerate [watching a sex act]? Answer my f— question! No, you’re going to sit right here and f— watch it! … Leave! All of you. Tell all your f— friends, don’t f— come here.”
Here’s more from the report:
Caleb Head, Caytie Davis, and other members of Abolish Human Abortion entered the Bedlam coffee shop in Seattle after giving out pro-life pamphlets in the area. When they were identified as pro-lifers, owner Ben Borgman told them to leave and engaged in a heated conversation with them, The Washington Times detailed.
Davis said they were not distributing anything inside the shop, but the barista told the owner about their presence, and the latter suddenly came and demanded that they leave. She added that Borgman showed them a pro-life pamphlet he found outside and asked if it was the one they were handing out around the area, The Liberator reported.
The pamphlet in question showed a photo of an aborted child. It also featured a rainbow and an explanation of the Biblical origin of the figure, something that Borgman said offended him.
After the video began attracting wide-spread attention, the Bedlam coffee shop and Borgman issued a statement in response, the Washington Times reports.
Borgman said he was not actually going to perform a sex act in front of the pro-life group.
“It’s delivery in this case was meant to shock and repulse the audience,” he said. “Out of context it could be labeled a perversion, or a kink depending how you personally couch the subject. … A revenge you could even call it, a weakness demonstrated in the typical, they hurt me, I will hurt them fashion.”
Borgman said he was upset by the graphic materials that the group was distributing. He said he was baptized Roman Catholic and has read the Bible. He also claimed the pro-life advocates are “working for Satan.”
“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 … I spoke to them in their own language,” Borgman said.
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Hostility against pro-lifers and conservatives has escalated in the past year. Pro-life sidewalk counselors have faced death threats, as have pro-life legislators. And pro-life displays have been vandalized.
In two separate incidents this year, two men allegedly threatened to kill pro-life advocates outside abortion facilities in California and Florida. And in early February, violent threats against a California pro-life leader prompted him to cancel a pro-life rally, LifeNews reported.
On two college campuses this spring, student abortion activists were caught vandalizing pro-life displays and then bragging about the vandalism.
In June, a gunman opening fire on a field of Republican lawmakers as they practiced for an annual Congressional baseball game. The shooter, allegedly James T. Hodgkinson, a liberal activist, injured pro-life Congressman Steve Scalise and two others.
One pro-life lawmaker, Texas state Rep. Tony Tinderholt along with his family, was put under state protection in January after he received multiple death threats related to a bill he introduced to ban abortions.
In May, a Tennessee woman was charged with a felony after she allegedly chased pro-life U.S. Rep. David Kustoff down a highway, making him and his staff afraid that they would be forced off the road, according to local police.
Though not a direct threat, abortion activists also held an event in Philadelphia earlier this year where they smashed a pinata shaped like pro-life U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s head. Organizers collected donations for a local abortion group and encouraged guests to “hit the s— out of Pat Toomey.”
During a town hall meeting in August, a constituent of California U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa said he hoped the pro-life congressman would “die in pain” because he voted to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare.