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Anti-Gay Activist Who Lit Cheerios Ablaze on General Mills Lawn Dies


Michael Leisner, the man who lit General Mills' lawn on fire in a bungled protest of the company's stance supporting marriage equality, died on Saturday, the Star Tribune reports:

Leisner posted video of his act online, with it showing him scrambling to stomp out the flames before he hurriedly instructs his off-camera friends to get in the car. The video made its way onto cable television's "The Daily Show" and "Chelsea Lately."

Leisner died Saturday while waiting in his car for his sons to finish playing tennis, said Dwight Denyes, senior pastor at Emmanuel Christian Center in Spring Lake Park.

Denyes said that while he didn't know Leisner well, he added that what the nation has seen in the video "doesn't accurately reflect who he was as an individual. He was a very loving and caring father of his four children, a loving husband and he seemed to get along with other people."

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  1. what an odd and unhappy end.

    that said, i'm always puzzled by statements like ""doesn't accurately reflect who he was as an individual. He was a very loving and caring father of his four children, a loving husband and he seemed to get along with other people.""......uh....ok.

    and many a racist old biddy was "very loving" to people that didn't offend her prejudices. "i know she was a racist, but she was wonderful to her straight white christian family members.."


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 12:34:44 PM

  2. The man was probably completely stressed out, high blood pressure, the whole 9 yards. I guess he's finding out now if there really is an afterlife and a God who gives an F about us. We'll all join him in due course.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 15, 2012 12:35:21 PM

  3. Probably had so much Chick-fil-A grease flowing through his veins...

    Posted by: Michael Demmons | Aug 15, 2012 12:39:01 PM

  4. I really do feel sorry for his kids today and I really did feel sorry for them yesterday.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 15, 2012 12:39:17 PM

  5. Well... perhaps if he would have eaten his Cheerios' instead of burning them, he would have lived longer... just saying...

    Posted by: 99% | Aug 15, 2012 12:39:18 PM

  6. How sad for his family that he will be forever remembered as a wingnut bigot.

    Posted by: Rob Halpin | Aug 15, 2012 12:42:34 PM

  7. See what happens when you mess with our product -- Cheerios ad campaign.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 15, 2012 12:46:16 PM

  8. What Rob said...

    Posted by: Michael Demmons | Aug 15, 2012 12:46:27 PM

  9. He must be really bummed now.

    God probably just told him,

    "No, dude. I made you gay. You could have totally acted on that all this time."

    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 15, 2012 12:50:15 PM

  10. Treat every day as it were your last...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Aug 15, 2012 12:50:39 PM

  11. Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on your way to hell.

    Posted by: Stevie | Aug 15, 2012 12:51:50 PM

  12. Mr. Liesner, God is the ultimate judge after all is said and done! I hope He treads more lightly on you than you have on others.

    Posted by: ThinkItThrough | Aug 15, 2012 12:53:20 PM

  13. "Seemed to get along with other people, as long as they shared his beliefs."

    There, I fixed it.

    Posted by: Wdeanis | Aug 15, 2012 12:54:02 PM

  14. Dies?! Well that escalated quickly.

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Aug 15, 2012 12:55:37 PM

  15. How bizarre. It would be helpful to know the cause of death though.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 15, 2012 12:55:49 PM

  16. What a shame.

    Now, what's for lunch?

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 15, 2012 12:57:27 PM

  17. ?... doesn't accurately reflect who he was as an individual..."

    Obviously his little anti-gay tirade does reflect who he was as an individual and shows the world what a real bigot he was. Sorry the guy died but what comes around goes around and perhaps this should be a lesson to all those bigots out there, especially the religious zealots for them "God works in mysterious ways..."

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Aug 15, 2012 12:58:31 PM

  18. There's some divine intervention if I ever saw.


    Posted by: marc | Aug 15, 2012 1:03:23 PM

  19. That's what happens when the last little brain cell expires.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 15, 2012 1:03:34 PM

  20. Did he forget to roll his window down?

    Posted by: topdawgbombadil | Aug 15, 2012 1:08:22 PM

  21. Joe Paterno. Remember he died a few months after the Sandusky scandal broke.

    I didn't watch this person's videos but I did see pictures of him and I said to myself how unhealthy he looked.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 15, 2012 1:10:27 PM

  22. I'm sure he was a very nice man to the people who he didn't viciously hate for irrational reasons.

    Now.. why is that a sentiment?

    Posted by: Chad | Aug 15, 2012 1:12:04 PM

  23. During the autopsy, they should check for tiny puncture wounds. I suspect this was the doing of the General's Wetworks division. Retaliation in the form of either a chocolate vampire attack or a Honey Nut bee sting - the most deadly of all.

    Posted by: Otkon | Aug 15, 2012 1:14:53 PM

  24. It is amazing that this pastor is arguing that what we have seen of Leisner- what he himself has put out there for others to see, isn't really him. But it is. he may be aloving father AND he is a violent homophobe. My post about this guy here:

    Posted by: Thomas Waters | Aug 15, 2012 1:16:30 PM

  25. The Lucky Charms leprechaun will sleep easier tonight.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 15, 2012 1:21:29 PM

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