Ben Borgman, who co-owns Bedlam Coffee in Seattle, Washington kicked out a group of Christians from his shop recently. The Christians represented the group Abolish Human Abortion (AHA) which was distributing anti abortion leaflets that were also anti homosexuality. The triggered store owner went on an angry foul mouthed tirade in route to kicking out the Christian group. The Christians left peacefully despite the language and shameful treatment from Mr. Borgman.
While the coffee shop owner has the absolute right as a private business owner to allow or deny what customers he wants, the same doesn’t go for Christian business owners in a similar vein. Sweet Cakes, a Christian owned bakery in Oregon denied making a wedding cake for a gay couple, lost their store and was handed a $135,000 fine from the state. What is clear is that if you are a gay business owner you can discriminate freely but not so much for a Christian.
The open free market is the best way allow these discriminations to be settled. All of us discriminate is some shape or form, it just depends on if our discrimination is acceptable to the people. If a business so chooses to deny a certain set of customers, they will go to another business and make them richer. If the discrimination is not accepted by the people, the business will go under. It’s as simple as that. We don’t need to run to courts or grab the government as a bully. The free market handles it much more efficiently.
As a Christian I do not support Mr. Borgman’s discrimination but I still believe that in America he has the right to exercise it.