The American Civil Liberties Union has drawn flak over its silence on the issue of a gay coffee shop owner in Seattle, Washington, who ejected a group of Christians that came to his establishment for refreshment after distributing pro-life pamphlets.
In a video posted by Abolish Human Abortion last week, the owner of Bedlam Coffee was seen shouting at a group of Christians drinking coffee inside his establishment and forcing them to leave. The Daily Caller News Foundation has requested for a comment on the issue from the ACLU several times but did not receive a response as of this writing.
"I'm gay, you have to leave," the Bedlam Coffee owner told the Christians as he held up a religious pamphlet the group had distributed. "This is offensive to me. I own the place. I have the right to be offended."
The ACLU is known to represent gay couples in cases where there are Christians who deny services to them. Amanda C. Goad, an attorney with the union, once said in a gay cake row that they know the importance of religious freedom and no one should use religious beliefs to discriminate against customers.
Meanwhile, the AHA members who were kicked out of Bedlam Coffee spoke to the Christian Broadcasting Network and explained that they were in Seattle to spread the Gospel and to have "good conversations" with the people there. Caytie Davis added that their main goal in the city was to fight "the evil of abortion."
Ben Borgman, the coffee shop owner, reportedly defended his comments and accused the group of planting anti-abortion material inside the establishment, the Washington Times reported. He revealed that he was baptized a Roman Catholic and said the AHA members were "working for Satan."
AHA, on the other hand, insisted that they did not distribute their materials inside Bedlam Coffee. They told CBN that the flyer Borgman was holding may have been retrieved by an employee outside and passed to the owner.