This may be the weirdest protest attempt I have seen in some time.
Michael Leisner decided to burn a box of Honey Nut Cheerios in protest of General Mills’ pro-gay marriage stance.
You should just watch the video (embedding disabled) to see how that worked out for him.
One out of every eight boxes of cereal in the country are Cheerios. This is really the treat now for the homosexuals! And this is our protest of General Mills advocating same sex marriages. So we re going to torch some cereals.
I have a few questions about this video… I sort of suspect that it’s fake. First of all, his rambling intro really makes no sense to me. Second, his videographers can’t stop giggling once the flames get out of control.
But if it is real… what was your game plan, Leisner?
I see your kitchen stool and a cereal bowl. You’re holding the box and you… try to dramatically light the cereal as it’s pouring out of the very flammable cardboard box?
I’m starting to believe you didn’t think this through all the way…
I might understand setting the box on fire as it’s on the stool. I would also get setting the bowl of cereal on fire. Maybe then you could conjure up some Hell-fire imagery, I guess?
Either way, you ended up almost burning yourself, set the lawn of General Mills on fire, and lost your job in the process. Great protest…
I am really rethinking my stance on gay marriage.
***Edit*** (from Hemant): Fred Clark (a Christian) makes an important point about this video. Was the protester an evangelical Christian? He never explicitly says that… but I know I assumed it when I saw it. Maybe you did, too? Fred writes:
So why did everyone assume that this man was an evangelical Christian?
Because he’s anti-gay.
More specifically, because he’s disproportionately concerned with being anti-gay and he’s choosing to express that concern in a goofy, obnoxious and destructive way.
And in the present age, in 2012 in America, all of that marked this man as an evangelical Christian just as surely as if he were wearing a Jesus-fish necklace and a Newsboys T-shirt.
Please let that sink in. Please contemplate what that means for the witness of evangelical Christians in America in 2012. Please consider what that means for the reputation of the church.