Video of a gay coffee shop owner in
Seattle ousting a group of anti-abortion activists has gone viral.
The incident occurred at Bedlam Coffee
in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, reported Seattle alternative The
In recent weeks, the group Abolish
Human Abortion has been distributing rainbow-striped origami
butterflies that when unfolded read, “You are not safe.”
“The drama started after the group
Abolish Human Abortion … decided to fuel up at Bedlam after some
Westboro-style street harassment in Belltown, complete with handing
out photos of aborted fetuses,” the paper wrote.
The group took video of owner Ben Borgman asking
them to leave his shop.
“I do not want these people in this
place. This is extremely offensive,” Borgman
said, pointing to one of the origami butterflies.
“Can you tolerate my presence? If I
go get my boyfriend right now and fuck him in the ass right here,
you're going to tolerate that? You're going to sit right here and
fucking watch it?”
“Well, no we don't want to watch
that,” someone is heard saying.
“Then I don't have to tolerate this,”
The Stranger's Katie Herzog
wrote: “And, despite [the] outcry among the religious right, he is
correct: Not believing that women should have autonomy over their own
bodies is not actually a protected class in America, much like …
gays. Looks like these folks have more in common than they thought.”