General Mills protester Michael Leisner documented the contrasts in how bigoted protesters differ from those who perform peaceful boycotts of businesses they do not support. A viral YouTube video shows Leisner setting fire to a box of Cheerios in front of a sign emblazoned with the famous food brand's logo, and the cereal fire quickly spread into a fire on the lawn of the business. Along with his giggling camera wielding cohorts, Leisiner fled the scene, leaving the fire to spread.
Fortunately the General Mills property didn't suffer any real damage, but the point isn't about whether or not the damage was substantial. The point being made here is that the bigoted types who speak out against equality for same-sex couples obviously don't hold their actions to the same standards they expect of same-sex marriage supporters. These are the same people who boycott such brands and businesses as Oreo, JC Penney and Target for supporting the rights of homosexuals, but then speak out the other sides of their necks to chastise those who boycott places like Chick-fil-A for donating money to hate groups that support the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda.
No word yet on whether or not Michael Leisner has been visited by police over this lawn fire, but he should definitely face charges for this. This was not a peaceful protest, nor was it a boycott of any type. This was a display of idiocy by some moron who's known for spewing hatred toward the LBGT community in YouTube videos. He could have very easily destroyed thousands of dollars worth of property while putting lives in danger. Simply because "he thought the grass was wet enough" to extinguish the fire, doesn't make him exempt from the same laws everyone else must follow.
All this guy achieved was proving the obvious; that these anti-rights crowds are hypocrites. He showed that these people who literally hate millions of people in the U.S. think it's okay to do some downright idiotic things in the name of their ideals. However, if you support gays and don't want to buy food from Chick-fil-A, you're stifling some religious bigot's right to free speech?
It should be understood that not all bigots burn things or commit stupid acts on camera. However, all bigots spew the same nonsense against the rights of groups of people who differ in what they think is "right." This ignorance and hatred always results in the breaking of laws by extremists. You never see gay rights advocates burning down lawns. Nuff said.
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